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Suicide Cases in Defence

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The details of number of incidents of suicide and fratricide cases in the armed forces during the last three years are as under:

Year Army Navy Air Force
No. of Suspected Suicide Cases No. of Fratricide Cases No. of Suspected Suicide Cases No. of Fratricide Cases No. of Suspected Suicide Cases No. of Fratricide Cases
2016 104 02 06 Nil 19 01
2017 75 01 05 Nil 21 Nil
2018 80 01 08 Nil 16 Nil

Various steps have been taken by the Armed Forces to create healthy and favourable 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’ has 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 Raksha Rajya Mantri Dr. Subhash Bhamre in a written reply to Dr. A. Sampath in Lok Sabha today.

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