Committee Submits Suicide Prevention Review to Defense Department

Recommendations include firearm registration and improved promotions.

The Department of Defense has announced that the independent review team that researched service member suicide prevention released the final report of their findings. The Suicide Prevention and Response Independent Review Committee (SPRIRC) provided 10 imperative recommendations and 117 additional recommendations for the Defense Department to consider incorporating into the organization. Some of the highest priority recommendations were to improve the military promotion system, to centralize core suicide prevention activities, and to have all military personnel living on department property register all privately owned firearms.

“The Department of Defense recognizes that suicide is a complex issue with no single cause or solution but is committed to promoting the well-being, health, and morale of their Total Force and preventing suicide within their ranks,” the Defense Department stated. “The Department is calling on everyone to redouble their commitment to this cause and work together to eliminate suicide within their ranks.”

As the Lord Leads, Pray with Us…

  • For Secretary Lloyd Austin and military leaders as they consider the recommendations for suicide prevention.
  • For the president and his administration as they address the risk of suicide among U.S. troops.
  • For military personnel experiencing challenges with their mental health to reach out for assistance.

Sources: Department of Defense


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