If you or someone you know is contemplating suicide, reach out to the 24–hour National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-8255, Military veterans press 1; contact the Crisis Text Line by texting TALK to 741741; or chat with someone online at suicidepreventionlifeline.org . The Crisis Center of Tampa Bay can be reached by dialing 211 or by visiting crisiscenter.com .
WASHINGTON — Military suicides have increased by as much as 20 percent this year compared to the same period in 2019, and some incidents of violent behavior have spiked as service members struggle under COVID-19, war-zone deployments, national disasters and civil unrest.
While the data is incomplete and causes of suicide are complex, Army and Air Force officials say they believe the pandemic is adding stress to an already strained force.
And senior Army leaders — who say they’ve seen about a 30 percent jump in active-duty suicides so