Loading

22°F

23°F

23°F

22°F

24°F

23°F

24°F

22°F

24°F

24°F

23°F
NEWS STORIES

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

Text Size: + Increase | Decrease -
Print Story | Email Story
Sponsored in part by HodagSports.com





 IN OTHER NEWS

MADISON - Some people want to get rid of Wisconsin's waiting period for buying handguns.

Governor Scott Walker supports the idea, saying he would like to be a leader on the issue.

Currently Wisconsin requires a 48-hour wait after a background check is submitted to the Department of Justice.

An assembly committee last week held a hearing on a bill to eliminate the waiting period.

+ Read More

Play Video

NORTHWOODS - Sheriff's Offices in the Northwoods sometimes struggle to find qualified applicants to become sheriff's deputies, and they're not alone. It's a growing trend across the country.

+ Read More

MADISON - Nearly 100 private and religious schools have applied to be a part of Wisconsin's voucher program next fall.

+ Read More

Play Video

HURLEY - "There's just no opportunity here anymore," said Sharon Ofstad regretfully on Monday morning.

Ofstad has owned Sharon's Coffee Company at Hurley's main intersection for six years.

She was hoping a mine would help pull the area out of its major economic struggles.

"(People are) very disappointed, feeling like they lost hope for our future for our youth and our community," Ofstad said.

+ Read More

Play Video

EAGLE RIVER - A 41-year-old Northwoods woman will go to prison for three years for having sex with a teenager younger than 16 years old. Jody Shepherd was sentenced in Vilas County court Monday.

+ Read More

MADISON - Round two of the right-to-work fight is set to begin at the Wisconsin Capitol.


+ Read More

Play Video

EAGLE RIVER - Ken Schels, the owner of KMS, a custom wood and metal shop in Eagle River, makes pieces to honor his family's past as well as nature itself. His family was one of the pioneer families in Eagle River. That's how he came to appreciate all that the forest has to give.

+ Read More
+ More General News
Search: 




Click Here