Published On: Fri, Jun 1st, 2012

One in ten Marines deployed have suicidal thoughts according to study



The endless wars that have resulted in numerous repeat deployments have been shown to have a detrimental effect on our military members and their families.

A study last year showed that the children of deployed military members were more prone to violence. Another study showed the suicide rate of Army personnel was up 80% since the start of the Iraq war in 2003.

The studies on the divorce rates of deployed military members have shown mixed results.

According to a Marine Corp Times report Thursday, a study on Marine suicides was presented at the Navy-Marine Corps Combat Operational Stress conference in late May and it showed  as Cynthia Thomsen, a research psychologist with the Naval Health Research Center refers, “13 percent of people reported some type of suicidal thoughts or plans”.

The study, which was administered anonymously in 2006-2007 using 1,517 active-duty Marines and sailors showed the factors  for predicting suicidal thoughts and behavior  was seen in Marines who experienced a great deal of combat and suffered from PTSD, depression or drug use.

Other key findings include:

  • Higher levels of combat exposure led to more PTSD symptoms and alcohol use, and these individuals reported they had less social support.
  • Marines and sailors suffering from PTSD, depression and substance abuse “were more likely to report suicidal thoughts or plans”.
  • Deployment stressors, whi