Ministry of Defence

Suicides by Army Personnel

Posted On: 27 DEC 2017 2:35PM by PIB Delhi

The details of number of incidents of suicide in the defence forces during last three years and the current year, force-wise & year-wise is as under:

           

Year

Army

Navy

Air Force

Officers

JCOs/ORs

Officers

Sailors

Officers

Airmen

2014

02

82

Nil

04

02

19

2015

01

77

Nil

03

Nil

14

2016

04

100

01

05

03

16

2017

02

67

01

04

Nil

18

           

Some of the reasons for committing suicide are family issues/ domestic problems, marital discord, perceived grievances and personal issues etc.

The details of number of officers and Other Ranks who have applied for premature retirement during the last three years and the current year are as under:-

Year

Army

Navy

Air Force

Officers

JCOs/ORs

Officers

Sailors

Officers

Airmen

2014

165

12703

74

32

135

722

2015

108

9296

130

16

67

550

2016

291

12307

142

26

139

649

2017

239*

3844**

30**

15

144

136

*   As on 1.10.2017

**  upto March 2017

Various steps have been taken by the Armed Forces to create healthy/ appropriate 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 & deployment of psychological counsellors.
  • Institutionalization of projects ‘MILAP’ and ‘SAHYOG’ by Army in Northern & Eastern Command to reduce stress among troops.
  • A ‘Mansik Sahayata Helpline’ have 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 INHS Asvini 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 Smt Darshana Vikram Jardosh and Shri Dushyant Chautala in Lok Sabha today.

NAo/Nampi/Rajib



(Release ID: 1514265) Visitor Counter : 938