Addressing Suicides in Special Operations Forces: Enhancing Resilience in a Unique Population

  • Bruce Bongar
  • Catherine Hausman
  • Gabrielle Agin-Liebes


Suicides within the US military’s most elite personnel, the Special Operations Forces (SOF), are on the rise. With these highly trained and versatile service members representing a crucial military asset due to the unpredictable nature of modern warfare, preserving the ability of these individuals to carry out their deployments is a high priority. As opposed to efforts that explicitly aim to prevent suicide, recent programmes have emerged that aim to increase resilience. The research on the potential utility of resilience enhancement as suicide prevention will be reviewed. Example programmes that have been implemented with SOF and related groups such as other military branches, law enforcement, and first responders will be examined. Lastly, caveats and future directions in addressing the strain on these unique individuals will be described.


Military suicide Resilience Special operations forces Suicide prevention Unique population 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Bruce Bongar
    • 1
  • Catherine Hausman
    • 1
  • Gabrielle Agin-Liebes
    • 1
  1. 1.Palo Alto UniversityPalo AltoUSA

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