Military suicides increase among reservists in 2015

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Military suicides among Army reservists have ticked up from last year, according to new third-quarter data for 2015 released by the Pentagon on Monday.  

Army Reserve suicides for the first three quarters of 2015 were 48, which exceeds the total of 42 for all of 2014. 

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Some officials downplayed the increase.

"We consider these all to be within a standard deviation of the historical norm," said Pentagon spokesman Navy Capt. Jeff Davis. 

"The Department of Defense continues to consider any suicides too many and we're doing everything we can to prevent suicide in our military," he added. 

"A number of different methods we have that the services are employing we believe are effective, but they do take time," he said.

In the active component, military suicides for the first three quarters of 2015 are higher than at the same point in 2014 for each service. 

However, the total number for 2015 for the active component looks to be roughly comparable to the total for the year before. 

The Pentagon also included in its quarterly release two crisis lines for veterans and family members: The 24/7 Military Crisis Line at 1-800-273-8255 (press 1 for military); and Military OneSource at 1-800-342-9647 or http://www.militaryonesource.mil/.