The US military’s Special Operations Command plans to address the increase in suicides by promoting physical rather than mental health. Command leadership reportedly has “asked Congress for $48 million in 2015 to hire physical therapists, dieticians, sports psychologists, and strength and conditioning specialists to work with troops.”1 Although the armed forces have made substantial investments in mental health, it is discouraging that Special Operations Command is taking such a different approach. This is especially so because rigorous data on risk factors for military suicide are available in 3 publications from the Army Study to Assess Risk and Resilience in Servicemembers (Army STARRS).
Friedman MJ. Risk Factors for Suicides Among Army Personnel. JAMA. 2015;313(11):1154-1155. doi:10.1001/jama.2014.15303