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Army Holds Suicide Prevention Sessions at Fort Meade

The Army is requiring its service members and civilian employees to attend sessions with experts during Suicide Prevention Month.

The Army will hold several mandatory suicide prevention training sessions this Wednesday, as part of its ongoing effort to reduce suicides among service members. 

The Fort Meade public affairs office reports that the trainings are being held as part of the Army's suicide prevention month, and are required for all service members, civilian employees and leaders.

The sessions are also part of an Army-wide stand down, after a report revealed two confirmed suicides in the Army in July and another 36 under investigation. 

The Capital reported earlier this month that there have been six suicides on base in the last year. 

All of the training sessions will be held at the Post theater.  The sessions will feature panels of experts in religion, suicide prevention, behavioral health, and substance abuse prevention. 

The schedule is as follows:  

Service members - 8 a.m. to 9:30 a.m. or 3 to 4:30 p.m.

Leaders - 10:30 a.m. to noon

Civilians from 1 to 2:30 p.m.

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