Suicides in the Armed Forces of NATO and partner states in the first decade of the 21st century
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Klinika Psychiatrii, Stresu Bojowego i Psychotraumatologii CSK MON WIM w Warszawie; kierownik: płk dr n. med. Radosław Tworus
Submission date: 2017-12-29
Publication date: 2018-04-09
LW 2018;96(2):105-111
Implementing the World Health Organisation’s program ”Prevention of Suicide: A Global Imperative”, the NATO’s Science & Technology Organization (STO NATO), has established within the Health and Medicine (HFM) panel the RTG‑218 Research Task Group that sent questions to the Surgeons General of 34 NATO member states and the partner states. The questions referred to the number and features of suicides, suicidologic surveillance and programs of suicide prevention in those states. Basing on responses obtained from a half of the states invited, the STO‑TR‑HFM‑218 report containing recommendations for both the leadership and commanders of the NATO was developed. Objective of the Paper. Confronting the report’s data with results of research conducted by Polish suicidologists. Defining conclusions concerning implementation of the report’s recommendations in the Polish Armed Forces. Conclusions. Suicides are one of the main causes of death in the NATO armed forces. Depression disorders and alcohol and psychoactive drugs abuse are the most frequent medical suicide risk factors. False views on suicides, limited access to professional aid and a fear of stigmatisation are the main obstacles to effective prevention. Modern suicidologic prevention methods consist in a psycho‑educational activity and regular monitoring of suicides based on a scientific basis. The NATO report’s recommendations should be implemented in the Polish Armed Forces.
No conflicts of interest were declared.
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