2nd International Congress on Mental Health
Peninsula Behavioral Health. Port Angeles, USA
Title: Does Military Culture Contribute to Veteran Suicides. United States Perspective with Transnational Implications
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Biography: Joseph Reis
It is well understood that across the globe military personnel are a cohort at high risk for suicide. The United States is no exception to that fact. Although a significant amount of research has been dedicated to identifying causative factors to better understand the scope of this issue and to create effective suicide prevention strategies, little has been done to identify the individual and collective risk factors associated with military culture itself on this topic. This lecture will examine the impact of military culture on veteran suicides and explore how the warrior ethos may have transnational implications. The lecture will examine both protective and risk factors surrounding military communities and explore the question why there continues to be a lack of evidence-based practices for reducing suicide deaths internationally among military service members.