After three USS George H.W. Bush sailor suicides in one week, commander calls for prevention ideas
STARS AND STRIPES
By CAITLIN DOORNBOS
Published: September 23, 2019
The aircraft carrier USS George H.W. Bush arrives at Norfolk Naval Shipyard in Portsmouth, Va., Feb. 21, 2019. WILLIAM HENSLEY/U.S. NAVYThree sailors aboard the aircraft carrier USS George H.W. Bush took their own lives last week, commanding officer Capt. Sean Bailey said in a post on the ship’s official Facebook page Tuesday morning.
The deaths follow a rising number of suicides in the Navy since 2015. Bailey said the deaths “mark the third, fourth and fifth crew-member suicides in the last two years” on the Norfolk, Va.-based ship alone.
The three deaths occurred separately and were unrelated to each other, he said. They bring to at least 49 the number of active-duty sailors who have killed themselves this year.
In the post, Bailey said his “heart is broken” and called for ideas on suicide prevention, adding that “there is never any stigma or repercussion from seeking help.”
read it here
Navy confirms string of recent suicides by USS George H.W. Bush sailors
September 24, 2019
Four service members of the United States Navy have died by suicide between July and September of this year, officials have confirmed. The suicides involved four sailors assigned to the USS George H.W. Bush aircraft carrier. Although two of the sailors killed themselves on the same day, the suicides did not occur on board the ship and authorities have said there is nothing to indicate the deaths are linked. read it here
*******Here's an idea for you. Stop doing what you are doing and try something OLD~ instead of repeating what was "new" and worse.
It is not just the Navy suffering. It is all branches losing more to suicide than are lost in combat.
In the Air Force, they are trying to get the spouses of servicemembers to take action.
In a video running on the American Forces Network this month, Chief Master Sgt. of the Air Force Kaleth O. Wright tells viewers that 78 airmen have died by suicide so far this year - 28 more than had taken their own lives at the same point in 2018.But we've heard all that before. We've pretty much heard it all and are fed up with repeated failures.
The "major malfunction" is no one in charge is paying enough attention to notice IT IS TIME TO CHANGE THE F##KING CONVERSATION! They have no clue what PTSD or what they can do to fight it.
Stop pandering to the "stigma" and reduce it down to the point reached when ancient people had to finally accept the fact the earth was not flat. The truth was still the truth even though they refused to see it.
The "stigma" is fake news! What is wrong with surviving something that could have killed you and being changed by the event? Anything? Hell no!
Life changes everyone and it is up to us if we change again into something better.
I am a ten time survivor of something that either could have killed me or, as I heard a few times, should have killed me. I ended up changed by the events, but fought take my life back into my control.
I have been working on PTSD for 37 years and I have never seen so many people being so misinformed while still in charge.