Barbara Schneider and Dirk Preuße
Johann Wolfgang Goethe-University, Frankfurt am Main, Germany Bundeswehrzentralkrankenhaus Koblenz, Koblenz, Germany
Suicide in the Military. Hauppauge, New York: Nova Science Publishers, 2009, 210 pages.
Suicidal behavior is a problem in the military, although the rates are lower than in the general population. Therefore, most of the armed forces of all countries have developed suicide prevention programs or strategies. Most of them are based on the American examples in Army, Air Force, and Navy. They are focused on prevention by educating the commanders, but also all soldiers and by raising the awareness of early signs of possible suicidal behavior. Recent research on military mental health concerns shows that further research has to be done. The development of strategies of suicide prevention in the military – like in the general population – is a permanent process and needs the attention and efforts of all, mental health professionals as well as chaplains, social workers, and other professions.