There is nothing sadder than a suicide. Interesting to note, the time between the first thought of suicide, and an attempt, is often 10 minutes or less. That is impulsive decision-making and a tragedy for all.
Impulsive suicide is a response to overt fluctuations in emotional state. Not everyone who has extreme stress will commit suicide. Nevertheless, some personalities are delicate even if they seem tough. One person can never know the exact state of another, unless an honest, direct communication occurs.
Suicide is rampant among soldiers of the Armed Services. An effort worth noting is that the Army is experimenting with technology to find soldiers at risk.
The National Institute of Mental Health (NIHM) has created a code as part of a larger, five-year study. A collaborative effort including the Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences, Harvard Medical School, University of Michigan, and the University of California are working to form data from a computer assessment of soldiers under deployment.
The Army Study to Assess Risk and Resilience in Service members (Army STARRS) launched in 2009 when evidence of rising suicides of soldiers became a concern to Army officials.
By design, Army STARRS will support extensive detailed studies involving risk and protective factors for suicide. For anyone concerned about a loved one in the Services, or coming home, you may find this link interesting: