BOISE, Idaho (CBS2) — Being a member of the National Guard is rigorous, both mentally and physically. To make sure those serving get all the resources they need, the Idaho National Guard is making sure to do regular check-ins and host education programs on suicide prevention.
The Idaho National Guard says there is no single factor that explains the different suicide rates between the various military services, but they’re doing all they can to prevent it.
“My program is responsible for for teaching prevention to all of the units across Idaho,” said Jennifer Turner, Suicide Prevention Program Manager. “We have about 35 service members that receive training to intervene with soldiers in our community.”