DVIDS – News – National Suicide Prevention Month: BAMC Behavioral Health professionals are here to help


Across the nation, there has been an increase in suicide deaths in the general population over the past decade. Suicides across the military have also increased, affecting every segment of the force – Active, Guard and Reserve; officers and enlisted personnel.

A Department of Defense annual suicide report shows 541 service members across the military’s active and reserve components died by suicide in 2018. Additionally, the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs reports more than 6,000 military veteran suicide deaths in 2017.

Brooke Army Medical Center Behavioral Health professionals are here to assist service members and beneficiaries who seek help for their mental health and wellbeing.

“There are many reasons an individual may seek behavioral health care,” said U.S. Public Health Service Capt. (Dr.) Richard Schobitz, deputy chief, BAMC Department of Behavioral Health. “Some are related to life stressors such as post-deployment stress, family challenges, or distress related to adjusting

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