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Record Number of Marine Suicide Attempts in 2011

Marine in Helmand province, Afghanistan
Cpl. Reece Lodder / USMC
Marine in Helmand province, Afghanistan

More active-duty Marines tried to kill themselves in 2011 than in any other year that records were kept, according to the North County Times. A report by the Marine Corps' Suicide Prevention Program finds that 175 active-duty Marines attempted suicide last year.

Statistics show 33 Marines killed themselves in 2011, and at least 11 of those Marines were based at Camp Pendleton, according to the North County Times. All of the suicides victims were men.

Bill Rider with American Combat Veterans of War told the NC Times that servicemembers often feel isolated when they return from a war zone:


The Marine Corps has a completely anonymous help line for troops feeling suicidal, staffed 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. That number is 1-877-476-7734. Troops more comfortable using the internet can visit for help.