Associated Press, Published December 19 2011
Minn. head says Guard singled out over suicidesST. PAUL, Minn. — Adjutant General Rick Nash says the Minnesota National Guard is getting “unsubstantiated notoriety” over the number of military suicides.
Nash tells a joint legislative hearing that suicide is increasing among the entire population — not just the military.
While 24 Minnesota National Guard members have died by suicide since 2007, Nash says two-thirds of that number had never deployed — and only two suicides occurred among active duty soldiers.
According to Minnesota Public Radio News (http://bit.ly/uqIu4b ), Nash says it's a "common assumption" that suicides are the result of post-traumatic stress disorder — but he says that's not true.
He says suicide is a statewide problem, and he urged lawmakers Monday to fund suicide prevention efforts.
Information from: Minnesota Public Radio News, http://www.mpr.org
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