Military Chaplains Aid in Suicide Prevention

As previously noted, Chaplains are an integral part of the Army’s efforts to combat the trend of Soldier suicides.  A recent Army press release details how Chaplains contribute to that cause:

Chaplains provide confidential counseling services 24 hours a day, seven days a week, Wagner said. They refer those they counsel to other post resources when necessary. Chaplains also advise commanders during unit suicide prevention training, conducted quarterly. 

People can feel comfortable approaching chaplains with their challenges, because chaplains are ready and willing to listen, [Chaplain (Capt) Bruce] Wagner said.

“(A) chaplain is embedded in the battalion and knows all the Soldiers since we’re part of the unit,” Wagner said. “Chaplains are easily accessible.”