Data about military veterans who commit suicide is stark: 22 veterans a day decide to end the lives. The nation’s two wars are also taking a toll on the families of those service members. Telling the stories of those military spouses, parents, sisters and brothers and their struggles with depression, anxiety and suicide is the focus of a new CNN Digital project called “The Uncounted.”
As residents debate installing barriers on an Oregon bridge to prevent suicides, a Georgia mayor wonders whether similar barriers should be installed on the Sidney Lanier Bridge near the Georgia coast. Seven people have plunged to their deaths from the Georgia bridge since it opened a decade ago.
A new state audit says county coroners across Georgia aren't reporting suicides and all suspicious deaths to the State Medical Examiner's Office as required by law. Officials acknowledge such cases may not be reported as required, but they have not taken action to address the issue.
The family of a former Glynn County commissioner has requested a forensic pathologist to examine the autopsy after his death was ruled a suicide. Mark Johnson, an attorney for Tom Sublett's family says relatives of 52-year-old Sublett never agreed with the medical examiner's determination that he committed suicide.
A coroner in coastal Georgia says the December death of a Glynn County commissioner who drowned after being shot in the head has been ruled a suicide by the Georgia Bureau of Investigation's medical examiner.
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.
A new initiative aims to help combat veterans transition to civilian life. It will be based at Callaway Gardens near Columbus, and the idea is to bring service members and their families for recreation and counseling to help with the return from combat. The program’s creators say they’re trying to reduce record levels of divorce in the military and a suicide rate four times that of the civilian population.
The Final Exit Network claims Georgia’s statute against assisted suicide is unconstitutionally vague and violates free speech. State law makes it a felony to “commit any overt act” to further the purpose of suicide.