The army is mistaken in saying that because of PTSD and suicides in the military, “that we are more dangerous to ourselves than the enemy.” PTSD and suicide in the military of are part of war just as injuries and other combat deaths. Soldiers injured by PTSD should get Purple Hearts and families of soldiers who die by suicide should receive a letter of condolence from the President of the United Sates.
The Golden Gate Bridge is probably the most popular suicide site in the world. By the year 2008 approximately 2000 people had jumped off the bridge and committed suicide. 99% of the jumpers from this bridge do not survive. A recent article on this subject in the Journal of the American Psychiatric Association by Drs. Mel Blaustein and Anne Flemming is reviewed in this blog. The building of a barrier to prevent suicides at this bridge is also discussed. Understanding and preventing suicidal behavior is the goal of all mental health professionals. A quotation from one of the few people who survived a jump off the Golden Gate Bridge makes the case for making every effort to identify and help people who are suicidal.