Why are military suicides so common? The answer is not combat. Veterans are much more likely to die by suicide than civilians. The rate of suicide for male veterans is almost double that of civilian males in Australia and the US, and US female veterans are two and a half times more likely to take their own lives than civilian women.
There is an increased public awareness of this issue. However, there is a persistent myth that military suicides are connected to combat. Research has shown that there is no connection between participation in combat operations and vulnerability to military suicide. In fact, it may be the inverse, service personnel who have even never may be at a higher risk to military suicide. Also, research has found that those the military who are diagnosed with PTSD have a lower chance of suicide.
Research that I have conducted has found cases of female service members having to prove that they were in combat in order to be taken seriously by military health professionals. And it may also been the case that military personnel are reluctant to seek help for mental health issues if they have not been in combat or on deployment as they may feel that their experiences don’t justify official help.
The full version of this article was first published at https://www.smh.com.au/national/why-military-suicides-are-so-common-the-answer-isn-t-combat-20181113-p50fmm.html
Call for papers – SSSHARC 2019 Global Symposium: Gender, (In)Security, and Temporalities of Violence
The University of Sydney, 19-21 September 2019
SSSHARC 2019 Global Symposium: Gender, (In)Security, and Temporalities of Violence
Conventional Western accounts of war suggest it is bracketed by a beginning and an end. Gendered experiences of violence and (in)security, however, manifest across formal periods of peace, war, and the so-called post-war era. This symposium explores how to better understand complex temporalities of war by attending to gendered forms of (in)security. The symposium proceeds from the premise that understanding whether the effects of war are, or can be, contained is of significant global importance. Exploring the temporal assumptions that frame conventional Western accounts of war permits consideration of gendered (in)securities that might be ignored, over-looked, or under-researched as a result of previously being considered ‘outside’ of war’s temporal limits.
The symposium will be a ‘state of the art’ event that captures emerging debates on the temporal limits of war, violence, and security. It will push gender to the forefront of these debates and enable multi-disciplinary ways to rethink temporalities of war, violence, and security. At the end of the symposium we will have a fundamentally different – and gendered – way of understanding war and security. The symposium will include an opening keynote address, panel sessions, and workshops, with a dedicated pre-symposium workshop on qualitative research design for graduate students run by leading scholars of discourse, visuality, and narrative.
Submissions are welcome for either individual paper presentations or whole panel sessions and workshops.
To submit an individual paper presentation for consideration, please email an abstract of no more than 200 words to firstname.lastname@example.org by 5 April 2019. The abstract should be accompanied by:
- Full contact information for all authors
- Institutional affiliation (where available) for all authors
- A biographical statement of no more than 5 lines for each author
To submit a proposal for a panel session or workshop, please email the following information to email@example.com by 5 April 2019:
- Panel/workshop title
- Outline of the panel/workshop theme and details of planned activities or proposed presentations (as appropriate)
- Full contact information for all authors and panel/workshop convenor(s)
- Institutional affiliation (where available) for all authors and panel/workshop convenor(s)
- A biographical statement of no more than 5 lines for each author and panel/workshop convenor(s)
Submissions from teams of researchers working with activists and/or practitioners are particularly encouraged, as are submissions from early career scholars. Attention will be paid to geographical diversity and diversity of theoretical perspective and methodology when compiling the program.
If you have any questions please contact the Symoposium co-directors at the above email addresses. Registration information will be available in the coming weeks.