Army Suicide June Rate More than One a Day

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The Army has reported a record number of suicides in June at a rate of more than the month's number of days.

Officials said there were 32 confirmed or suspected suicides last month -- 21 of them among active duty troops.

Seven soldiers killed themselves during combat in Iraq or Afghanistan and of the 32 suicides, 10 of the soldiers had been deployed two to four times.

Ret. Army Maj. Gen. Robert Dees heads up the group Military Ministry.  Dees told CBN News the Army needs to do more to incorporate faith in their suicide prevention programs.

"God's world is relevant to every issue of life and I think it's relevant to suicide prevention... it's relevant to encourage hope and optimism during these difficult time of nine years of persistent warfare," Dees said.

"Faith makes a difference in depression and post traumatic stress disorder and suicide prevention." he explained. "And those are decades of studies in respected medical journals."

The Army saw it's worst year for suicides in 2009, with 244 confirmed or suspected deaths.

*Originally broadcast on July 16, 2010.

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