'Suicide risk test developed to identify vulnerable soldiers’


New Delhi, Dec 12: A DRDO lab has developed a suicide risk assessment test which will help in identifying security personnel "at risk" so that preventive measures can be taken in advance, Defence Minister A K Antony said today.
In a written reply to Rajya Sabha, Antony also said the Defence Institute of Psychological Research (DIPR) has undertaken a project on 'Study of Factors Causing Distress among Young Officers of Indian Army'.
"The project is likely to be completed by October 2013," he said.
On steps taken to tackle incidents of suicides and fragging, Antony said, "DIPR has already developed 'Suicide Risk Assessment Test' and handed it over to Army on December 6. The test will help in identification of personnel 'at-risk' so that preventive measures can be taken in advance."
DIPR has also planned to carry out a 'Comprehensive Soldier Fitness Program: Resilience Building' to generate awareness towards well-being among troops, he said.
The program will develop training modules on 'Resilience Building' and will devise ways to develop model Army units. "The program is likely to be completed by 2017," the Defence Minister said. The study on factors causing distress in young officers will also include the level of stress prevailing among young officers.
Replying to a similar question in Rajya Sabha in August, Antony had said that a total of 1,018 army personnel have committed suicide so far since 2003, with the maximum number of such incidents taking  place in 2006.
"Of the total 1,018 cases of army men committing suicide, the maximum 129 such incidents took place in 2006," the Defence Minister had informed the House. 
This year till July, 62 cases of suicides were reported in the Army, while last year it was 102, Antony had said. 

Lastupdate on : Wed, 12 Dec 2012 21:30:00 Makkah time
Lastupdate on : Wed, 12 Dec 2012 18:30:00 GMT
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