First Army Headquarters will conduct a safety and suicide stand down day at 9 a.m. Thursday at the Rock Island Arsenal’s Heritage Hall, Building 60, to promote resiliency.
The First Army stand down is part of a Department of Defense and Army-wide stand down designed to focus leaders and soldiers on issues surrounding suicide. The day’s theme is “Shoulder to Shoulder, We Stand Up For Life” and provides senior Army leaders the opportunity to educate teammates about suicide, while bringing heightened awareness to the social issue the Army is not immune to.
The day will include leader-led discussions and small group rotations through seven informational/awareness stations.
Army Vice Chief of Staff, Gen. Lloyd J. Austin III, ordered the stand down after the release of figures indicating 38 soldiers had killed themselves in July. So far this year, 187 soldiers — 120 on active duty — are believed to have died by their own hands. The Army had 283 confirmed suicides in 2011.