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Suicide Cases in Defence

Number of Incidents of Suicide and Fatricide Cases in the Armed Forces

Ministry of Defence

Suicide Cases in Defence


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
No. of Suspected Suicide Cases No. of Fratricide Cases
2016 104 02
2017 75 01
2018 80 01
Year Navy
No. of Suspected Suicide Cases No. of Fratricide Cases
2016 06 Nil
2017 05 Nil
2018 08 Nil

Year Air Force
No. of Suspected Suicide Cases No. of Fratricide Cases
2016 19 01
2017 21 Nil
2018 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. 

Source: PIB

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