- Reevaluate policies that promote stigma;
- Reexamine the security clearance process, widely viewed as a barrier to seeking treatment;
- Revise the deployment-limiting psychiatric medications policy, which precludes soldiers from deploying if they have had any change in psychiatric medication or condition in the prior three months;
- Change the current stigmatizing process of getting treatment in the military mental health system by integrating mental health with primary care;
- Discuss openly the contributions of alcohol abuse and gun ownership to suicidal behavior;
- Explore complementary and alternative medical approaches to care;
- Increase the behavioral health workforce, both military and civilian.
For more in Psychiatric News about suicide and mental health in the armed forces, click here and here.