Army suicides – service personnel still not asking for help

The regiment which suffered the most casualties in Iraq and Afghanistan also has the Army’s worst suicide rate, according to a new report by Sean Rayment in The Mirror.

66 soldiers from The Rifles were killed in action in both wars while a further 344 were wounded, according to official figures.

Additionally, in the past 4 years, at least 26 members of the infantry regiment have taken their own lives, according to Veterans United Against Suicide.

Although the MoD insists support is available, there remains a culture of failing to ask for help in the armed forces, with many fearful over the impact it will have one their future career prospects.

There need to be better systems in place so service personnel have the confidence to ask for help, free of any repercussions.

Hilary Meredith