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Prevention of Suicides by Soldiers


Defence Institute of Psychological Research (DIPR) has completed research projects that focused on identifying factors causing suicides among troops deployed in Field and Peace areas. DIPR has found in its studies that not getting timely leave was one of the stress factors triggering suicidal behaviour. However, posting in difficult areas has not been highlighted as a factor triggering suicide in the study.

Through these studies, DIPR has given certain recommendation to deal with stress and suicidal behaviour. These recommendation include: rationalizing grant of Leave, counselling at the time of leave, decrease workload, reduction in tenure of deployment, increase in pay and allowances, improvement in living conditions, building better interpersonal relations between the officers and men, training programmes in stress management and psychological counselling, enhancing basic and recreation activities and redress of grievances.

Various steps have been taken by the Armed Forces to create healthy / appropriate environment for their Officers and Other Ranks. Some of these steps are as under:-

  • Provision of better quality of facilities such as clothing, food, married accommodation, travel facilities, schooling, recreation etc. and periodic welfare meeting.
  • Conduct of yoga and meditation as a tool for stress management.
  • Training and deployment of psychological counsellors.
  • Institutionalization of projects MILAP and SAHYOG by Army in Northern & Eastern Command to reduce stress among troops.
  • A MansikSahayata Helpline have been established by Army & Air Force to take professional counselling.
  • Mental Health Awareness is provided during pre-induction training.
  • Formation of Military Psychiatry Treatment Centre at INHSAsvini and establishment of Mental Health Centres in Mumbai, Visakhapatnam, Kochi, Port Blair, Goa and Karwar.

This information was given by RakshaRajyaMantriDr.SubhashBhamre in a written reply to Shri MotilalVorain Rajya Sabha today.


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First Published: Mon, February 05 2018. 00:20 IST