Congress Military Spending Bill Would Likely Address Servicemember Suicides
As Suicide Prevention Month comes to a close, Senator Joe Donnelly says America’s military still has work to do to help prevent servicemember suicides.
The U.S. House and Senate are working out details of this year’s military spending bill that will likely include provisions from Senator Donnelly’s military mental health bill. The legislation is designed to help link servicemembers with more local mental health providers.
But Army Chief of Public Affairs Malcolm Frost says a big part of the battle to prevent servicemember suicides is changing the military culture:
“You have to be able to ask for help – and it’s okay to ask for help," Frost says. "And that stigma that existed, really a lot in what is that Army tough, Army strong, we’re soldiers, we’re 'hooah'…that has really started to melt away.”
Frost says as more military leaders acknowledge their own struggles with mental health issues, it helps all servicemembers ask for the kind of help Donnelly’s legislation would provide.