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? (Suicide rates are highest among the youngest and oldest Soldiers. Discuss what to do for more senior Soldiers to prevent suicide.)
Is the stigma regarding mental health services disproportionately high among our more senior leadership? Why or why not? (for discussion).
Do you think routine mental health evaluations should be required for all personnel just as routine physical examinations are required? Why or why not? (for discussion).
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? (people differ on any number of dimensions such as height, weight, hair color, etc.; they also differ in terms of their ability to tolerate distress; some individuals are more sensitive, reactive, and impulsive than others; additionally, some behavioral disorders like depression may have a genetic basis, with some individuals being more prone to develop behavioral problems. Even though an individual might possess some”weaknesses” as all people do, their strengths should also be considered. What if we “weeded out all people with red hair?).
Scenario #11 – Basic Training Brigade
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