Army report shows increase in suicidesSubmitted: 02/07/2013
Story By Hayley Tenpas

RHINELANDER - New numbers released by the Army show an alarming increase in suicides.

Army suicide data from 2012 showed the highest numbers on record.

In 2012 there were 182 potential active-duty suicides.

130 cases were confirmed and 52 still remain under investigation.

Tim Bahr runs a peer support group for veterans at the Rhinelander VA clinic.

He says one suicide is too many.

"For someone who has served as long as I have, and with so many organizations, in the military. My first response is terror. Sympathy for the families, empathy and just you shake your head and what could you have done better," said peer support specialist Tim Bahr.

The Army says it's continuing to take agressive measures to prevent suicide.

That includes programs like the "Strong Bonds Program" and "Suicide Prevention Month."

The Rhinelander VA clinic doesn't offer programs for active military members.

But they do offer support for veterans who have served.

"There's places that they can go, and here in Rhinelander unfortunately this is the only place in the United States where we do a peer support recovery program, and we've got a behavior health team that has a peer specialist on it, so we're able to service those veterans who are suicidal, who do have those challenges," said Bahr.

Related Weblinks:
Army's comprehensive list of Suicide Prevention Program
National Suicide Prevention Lifeline
American Foundation for Suicide Prevention
Army's Comprehensive Soldier Fitness Program

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