Event type: Panel
Date: Tuesday 20 November 2018
Time: 6 – 7.30pm
Venue: Abercrombie Business School LT 1040 (H70), Codrington Street, University of Sydney, (off City Road, down Butlin Avenue near the SUSF Gym)
Cost: Free and open to all with online registrations required
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Please note: while there is some parking available at Shepherd Street carpark, New Law Building carpark, Broadway and some street parking, spaces are limited so we suggest using public transport whenever possible.
In 2015 more Australian military personnel and veterans took their lives than were killed in Afghanistan during 13 years of war. In the US, military suicide could rightly be described as an epidemic; suicide rates for service members have risen dramatically since 2001 and doubled in 2012.
In the UK, service members have historically been less likely to die by suicide than the general population. However, since 2008 the rates of military suicide have increased and they now surpass civilian rates – and each year these rates have continued to increase. Why do soldiers take their own lives?
Answering this question requires a range of interdisciplinary perspectives, including those from medical experts – with extensive knowledge of mental health, post-traumatic stress disorder, and traumatic brain injury – and social scientists who have knowledge of military politics, policy, and operations.
This panel will bring together a range of interdisciplinary researchers to explore diverse perspectives on why soldiers take their own lives and how military suicide can and should be addressed politically. Our panellists will include a medical anthropologist, gender and war expert and military veteran.
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