Mon., January 30, 2012 8:55am (EST)

Robins Works To Reduce Suicides
By Associated Press
Updated: 2 years ago

WARNER ROBINS, Ga.  —  
After a record eight suicides among Robins Air Force base personnel, base officials have seen a drop in recent years. But they say their anti-suicide campaign aims to reduce the number to zero. (Photo Courtesy of Robins Air Force Base.)
After a record eight suicides among Robins Air Force base personnel, base officials have seen a drop in recent years. But they say their anti-suicide campaign aims to reduce the number to zero. (Photo Courtesy of Robins Air Force Base.)
Military officials at Robins Air Force Base are continuing an anti-suicide campaign, saying that despite a decline in such deaths in recent years, their goal is zero.

The program was launched after the central Georgia base experienced a record eight suicides in 2008. Authorities at the base said suicides declined to four in 2009, three in 2010 and four last year.

Col. James Dienst, commander of the 78th Medical Group, said officials hope they will have no suicides in 2012.

Authorities said the anti-suicide campaign aims for better coordination of services on base and mental health services in the community. It also emphasizes the importance of people reaching out when they're having trouble and encourages employees to take notice of co-workers.