G-1, Human Resources Policy Directorate
Supporting Soldiers, Families & Civilians – Active, Guard, Reserve and Retired
3 September 2008
While suicide rates seem to be escalating among younger soldiers, there seems to be less attention, in terms of suicide prevention, to the psychological health of more senior leadership. Do you agree or disagree with this contention. If you agree, what recommendations can you make?
Is the stigma regarding mental health services disproportionately high among our more senior leadership? Why or why not?
Do you think routine mental health evaluations should be required for all personnel just as routine physical examinations are required? Why or why not?
Do you think that such periodic “psychological examination” could help reduce the stigma regarding mental health services? Why or why not? (for discussion)
Do you think that some people are, by nature, more vulnerable to the effects of distressing events? Should we, as an organization, “weed out”, or at least identify, the weaker people? Why or why not?
Scenario #11 – Basic Training Brigade