Report: US Troops Most at Risk of Suicide Don’t Get Support They Need From Military

UNITED NEWS INTERNATIONAL (UNI) — A new report found that the Pentagon failed to adequately follow up with those troops who were at a high risk of suicide.

According to a new study released Aug. 7 by the RAND Corp., health care providers failed to perform critical follow-up for many U.S. troops who were at high risk for suicide.

The study of 39,000 service members found that just 30 percent of those diagnosed with depression and 54 percent of those diagnosed with post-traumatic stress disorder are getting the care they need.

The study is one of the largest evaluations of military mental health care.

Kimberly Hepner, a behavioral scientist and the lead researcher, said that while the military health system did “quite well” in screening for suicide risk, it could do better in responding to those service members after suicide risk had been identified.