Tag Archives: Suicide

Pentagon Releases Suicide Recommendations 'Subject to Availability of Funding'

Pentagon Releases Suicide Recommendations ‘Subject to Availability of Funding’

Sailors and Marines conduct a foreign object debris walk-down at dusk on the flight deck of the aircraft carrier USS John C. Stennis in 2009. US Navy Photo

The Pentagon will not address improvements to junior enlisted base housing, expanding transportation access for troops or changing on-base firearm purchase policy as part of its latest suicide prevention plan, Defense Department officials told reporters this week. Read More

Navy Set to Implement ‘Brandon Act’ Mental Health Reforms

Navy Set to Implement ‘Brandon Act’ Mental Health Reforms

Sailors assigned to the USS George H.W. Bush (CVN-77) look for foreign object debris on the flight deck after a replenishment-at-sea with the Supply-class fast combat support ship USNS Arctic (T-AOE-8) on Feb. 17, 2023. US Navy Photo

A set of new policies offering more confidentiality to sailors seeking mental health care was approved by Secretary of the Navy Carlos Del Toro this week, USNI News has learned. Read More

Investigation into Mid-Atlantic Regional Maintenance Center Finds No Causal Links Between Sailor Deaths

Investigation into Mid-Atlantic Regional Maintenance Center Finds No Causal Links Between Sailor Deaths

The Navy’s oldest floating dry-dock, the Mid-Atlantic Regional Maintenance Center’s (MARMC) Dynamic, (AFDL 6), prepares to be towed from Joint Expeditionary Base Little Creek-Fort Story (JEBLCFS) to Lyons Shipyard Inc., in Norfolk, Virginia for a scheduled Docking Planned Maintenance Availability in 2021. US Navy Photo

A Navy investigation into four sailors assigned to the Mid-Atlantic Regional Maintenance Center who died by suicide found no causal links. Read More

Junior Sailors on USS George Washington Endured Some of the Toughest Living Conditions in the Military, Says New Navy Investigation

Junior Sailors on USS George Washington Endured Some of the Toughest Living Conditions in the Military, Says New Navy Investigation

Sailors assigned to weapons department aboard the Nimitz-class aircraft carrier USS George Washington (CVN 73), prepare to operate the elevator during a general quarters drill, in Newport News, Virginia April 7, 2023. US Navy Photo

Since 2017, junior sailors assigned to aircraft carrier USS George Washington (CVN-73) were subject to some of the toughest living conditions in the military, according to a new Navy investigation released on Thursday. Read More

New Navy Guidance Emphasizes Leadership Responsibilities for Sailor's Mental Health

New Navy Guidance Emphasizes Leadership Responsibilities for Sailor’s Mental Health

Sailors man the rails as USS Ronald Reagan (CVN-76), returns to Commander, Fleet Activities Yokosuka, Japan, following its deployment to the western Pacific ocean, Dec. 16, 2022. US Navy Photo

The Navy issued what it is calling a technical manual for Naval leaders to address mental health, starting with laying out how commanders should lead conversations with sailors. Read More

Pentagon Committee Recommends Private Firearm Restrictions for Service Members, Personnel Policy Reform to Prevent Military Suicides

Pentagon Committee Recommends Private Firearm Restrictions for Service Members, Personnel Policy Reform to Prevent Military Suicides

Sailors assigned to the USS George H.W. Bush (CVN-77) look for foreign object debris on the flight deck after a replenishment-at-sea with the Supply-class fast combat support ship USNS Arctic (T-AOE-8) on Feb. 17, 2023. US Navy Photo

Reforming the military up-and-out personnel system, guaranteeing pay and reimbursements for troops and limiting access of younger service members to firearms top a list of recommendations from an independent group of researchers tasked to help reduce suicides in the Department of Defense that were released Friday. Read More

USS George Washington Suicide Investigation Highlights Strained Mental Health Resources

USS George Washington Suicide Investigation Highlights Strained Mental Health Resources

The island lights aboard the Nimitz-class aircraft carrier USS George Washington (CVN-73) are energized for the first time in more than two years during an island lighting ceremony on the ship’s flight deck in 2020. US Navy Photo

This story has been updated to correct the Navy’s suicide rate for 2021 and Master-at-Arms Seaman Recruit Xavier Mitchell-Sandor’s gun status.

An investigation into the circumstances surrounding the deaths of three USS George Washington (CVN-73) sailors who died by suicide in April found that the cases were largely unrelated but revealed an overworked mental health system aboard the carrier that had trouble keeping up with the demands of the crew. Read More