Challenges and considerations for managing suicide risk in combat zones

Craig J. Bryan, Kathryn E. Kanzler, Tracy L. Durham, Christopher L. West, Maj Elizabeth Greene

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As suicide rates in the military rise, increased attention has been placed on the effective management of high-risk service members. Military mental health professionals deployed to combat zones face a number of challenges and barriers for effective risk management that are unique to the deployed setting. To date, there exists no body of literature identifying areas in which suicide risk management differs between garrison and combat settings to guide mental health professionals in improving clinical decision making with respect to managing suicidal service members in combat zones. On the basis of experience gained during deployments to combat zones, the authors outline several key features of the deployed context that can impact suicide risk and its effective management in combat zones and integrate empirical fi ndings relevant to each issue. Considerations for clinical care and risk management are discussed.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)713-718
Number of pages6
JournalMilitary medicine
Issue number10
StatePublished - Oct 2010

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health


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