Soldiers don't need no stinkin gym membership. They hump twenty clicks through the mud. Soldiers don't need no stinkin bagel and latte, they eat crappy ration mush on the run and they like it. Nobody else is going to do the fighting for you. You're the soldier. You alone.They seem to need something.Defense Department statistics indicate that since January, 2001, 2,293 active-duty service members have taken their own lives, including the ones who never deployed overseas. By comparison, 6,139 service members have died in Afghanistan and Iraq in the same period.The military is sending a very strong message, or trying to, that the "lone warrior on his own" is not a good way to manage depression that is reaching suicide levels. The DoD is putting a number of programs into place so a struggling warrior can find a compassionate, understanding voice when they need it, because stress, depression, PTSD, etc. are real and they kill. They are finding that the most helpful voice is someone who has been there, another service member, who knows what the suffering person is dealing with. Who will meet them with understanding, not a "suck it up and quit whining" attitude.People have died from the attitude expressed here. They did get mad at themselves. They did get afraid. And then some of them got dead.You're crossing the line here into mental health treatment with the advice you're giving. You're giving very specific behavioral suggestions to someone you don't know. I doubt you'll agree, as I'm sure to you it's just a pep talk, but you're practicing mental health therapy without a license or sense of ethics,and it's wrong. Please stop.cm
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