Awareness Is Not Enough: Navy Medicine West Teaches Peer to Peer Suicide Intervention

Suicide is the 10th leading cause of death in United States and has been on a steady rise for over decade. The suicide rate for active duty Navy personnel, according to the Navy Personnel Command website, is 1.5 times greater than for adults who never served in the armed forces. While schools, civilian employers, and military commands across the country train over 20 million Americans in CPR and basic first aid annually, less than 28,000 a year have been taught to save lives by preventing suicide.