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IDENTIFYING THE SIGNS – Military Students at Risk – Preventing Soldier Suicides

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IDENTIFYING THE SIGNS – Military Students at Risk originally published, Career College Central Magazine May 2013 Edition

Today, headlines in the media are dominated by politics, economic doom and gloom, the jobless rate, and citizens of other countries being murdered by their dictator leaders. However, the headline we should all be paying more attention to is the one that appeared in The Salt Lake Tribune last year: “More soldier suicides than combat deaths in 2012.” The soldiers of the U.S. military are defending and protecting all of the United States’ interests across our entire planet, only to come home and kill themselves.
With these new students landing in colleges and universities nationwide, academic leadership needs to understand suicide warning signs.

Since World War II and up until recently, U.S. military suicide rates have been lower than civilian rates, and wartime suicide rates in the military have historically dropped. Yet in 2008, the military suicide rate exceeded the civilian rate for people between 17 to 30 years of age, according to the study “Army Suicides: ‘Knowns’ and an Interpretative Framework for Future Directions.” With both wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, something dynamic transformed our U.S. military service members and increased the military suicide rates. signs are always there; it’s just a matter of making leadership accountable in regards to directing treatment. Bloxom is a former Staff Sergeant and Operation Iraqi Freedom veteran currently pursuing a higher education with hopeful ambitions of attending Rutgers University’s joint JD/MBA program. As an influx of U.S. military war veterans joins the ranks of higher education, we as educators have an obligation to support our heroes when they need us to do our part.

Many service members are leaving the military ranks and beginning their academic journeys due to the availability of education benefits they have earned while serving our nation. With these new students landing in colleges and universities nationwide,
academic leadership needs to understand suicide warning signs. Here are some common suicide warning signs taken from Suicide.org, an organization dedicated to preventing suicide:

  • Previous suicide attempt or behavior that has led to sefl-injury

  • Somatic symptoms, including sleep and pain complaints

  • Stressors such as marital or intimate relationship issues, legal, housing,
    and occupational problems

  • Current or pending disciplinary or legal action

  • Substance misuse

  • Problems with a major life transition (e.g., retirement, discharge, divorce, etc.)

  • Loss of a fellow warrior

  • Setbacks in military career or personal life

  • Severe, prolonged stress that seems unmanageable

  • Sense of powerlessness, helplessness or hopelessness

  • Behavior that isolates service members from friends, family members and

What is important to understand is that someone need not be an expert in suicide prevention to prevent a suicide.
The key is to have open eyes, communicate relentlessly and help the person rediscover that suicide can never be an option. Kevin Caruso from Suicide.org stated that 75 percent of those who die by suicide have some suicide warning signs. Our motivation must first be to save that 75 percent.

Suicide prevention

Suicide prevention should never be the responsibility of the experts; suicide is the responsibility of all. When we witness someone exhibiting suicide warning signs, we need to do everything we can to help them. Today, with the Internet and social media, a simple Google search provides endless ways to get help. Social networking websites for suicide prevention can connect people with common
experiences. The National Suicide Prevention Lifeline and the American Foundation of Suicide Prevention Facebook pages provide links to suicide prevention websites and hotlines, as well as information about the warning signs of suicide. The power of communicating through social media can help us become more current with our reality. Today, social media is sharing ideas, valuable information and solutions at speeds that no organization could possibly hope to match. Colleges and universities can also
benefit from this limitless communication tool.

Every college and university has an internal suicide prevention reporting structure and resource. Research the
resources in your community and have this information available before you need it. Education from these sources is the best way help identify and prevent such a significant public health problem among U.S. military service members who are now enrolled at or entering colleges and universities nationwide.

Many universities’ suicide prevention programs engage in deploying various
technological mechanisms, including online training courses, social networking
and the sheer power of social media. Using the power of technology, we are
releasing the integral aspects of a comprehensive suicide prevention program.

This article is by no means a conclusion but only one chapter in
encouraging suicide prevention. As best said by Bloxom, “The problem to avoid is becoming an example at the next suicide awareness briefing.

Our goal as educators is to use the unlimited power of knowledge to reduce or eliminate suicide examples. We have become a key component to the solution regardless if we are ready or not, and we are now a part of the first line of defense for preventing soldier suicides.

Short list of suicide prevention resources:


Britton, P., Ilgen, M.,
Valenstein, M., Knox, K., Claassen, C., & Conner, K. R. (2012). Differences
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Caruso, K., 2013. Suicide
Warning Signs.

Suicide.org is a 501c3
NON-PROFIT Organization and Website.

Christodoulou, C. C.,
Douzenis, A. A., Papadopoulos, F. C., Papadopoulou, A. A., Bouras, G. G.,
Gournellis, R. R., & Lykouras, L. L. (2012). Suicide and seasonality. Acta
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Clinical digest. Steep rise
in soldier suicides coincides with military action in Iraq and Afghanistan.
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Griffith, J. (2012). Army
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Jones, M. D., Etherage, J.
R., Harmon, S., & Okiishi, J. C. (2012). Acceptability and cost-effectiveness of
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Manning, J., & VanDeusen,
K. (2011). Suicide Prevention in the Dot Com Era: Technological Aspects of a
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McCarthy, J., Blow, F.,
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Patients in the Veterans Affairs Health System: Rural-Urban Differences in
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McCloskey, M., 2012. More
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Luxton, D. D., June, J. D.,
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Parish, C., (2012)
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Career College Central

IDENTIFYING THE SIGNS – Military Students at Risk originally published, Career College Central Magazine May 2013 Edition

by AMERICAN WRITER Dr. Pietro Savo Tradition Books Publication © 2011


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Bread Making or Business Making

American Writer by Pietro Savo

Think of our company as a bread bakery. To make bread you need many quality ingredients, the flour is only one. In your bakery, find out what your ingredients for your product are; remember the flour is only one ingredient.

Flour may be the most used the most prevalent ingredient, but is it the most
 A baker knows it takes more than flour to make good bread people seek out to buy and eat. To make good bread it takes flour, salt, water, yeast, and other stuff.  Many combinations of different flours, and combined with many different proportions of ingredients, resulting in the many different types of bread, bread shapes, bread sizes, and amazing textures that make me hungry for bread just writing about it.

Bread has equally as many making processes such as using yeast microbes to motivate fermentation during the preparation process and baking, or may be left unleavened. Unleavened bread is bread made without using any ingredients that cause fermentation to occur such as yeast, baking soda, baking powder, and beaten egg whites.

Bread has a limit only limited by our imagination, an amazing variety of ingredients may be used, from fruits and nuts, fats, to some chemical additives improving flavor, texture, color, and that all so important shelf life.

The best part is that all these ingredients must be mixed, processed, shaped, and baked to the customer’s delight, who buys it, tell their friends about your bakery, on and on and on…! The best part is the smell, freshly baked bread as a natural power to attract us, make us hungry force us to change direction. Therefore, it appears that entire process to making bread is the most important ingredient.

Think of your business the same way regardless of the products and services you provide to your customers.  Build a quality smell, a quality mix, a quality product from every aspect that will motivate your customers to be more attracted to you, and make them change direction in a way that meets your bottom-line in a positive productive fashion.

Bakers have figured this out and so can you! Regards, Dr. Pete

by AMERICAN WRITER Dr. Pietro Savo Tradition Books Publication © 2011


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