This essay stresses that mainstream news informs the public about the increasing general suicide rates in the military and when a military member commits suicide, it will be publicized in either local or national news. The problems these military members face lay at the feet of commands that lack resources to deal with the issues. Most find it hard to ask for help fearing that their military employment will be terminated or even be discharged from the military, and have to face the economic situation the civilian population is facing. Psychiatric Times published an article entitled “The Epidemic of Military Suicide” which described how we need to change the military’s culture.
This paper discusses that all stakeholders have to be fully involved in the implementation of suicide prevention programs. Involvement of stakeholders ensures the creation of a responsive, caring, and responsible environment. Such an environment is essential for motivation of individuals to seek help without fear. In these programs, the key stakeholders involved in the provision of support to the Armed Forces personnel include mental health care providers, unit ministry teams, installation gatekeepers and the soldiers themselves. Stakeholder’s key roles include helping with data collection on suicide and its risk factors, development of strategies aimed at prevention, as well as ensuring the effectiveness of prevention programs in place. These groups are important as they participate in training about suicide awareness at different levels.