Suicide Forces Taiwan’s Military to Confront Mental Health Issues

Five members of the armed forces have committed suicide in the past two months, prompting calls for a thorough review of assistance programs in the military.

The News Lens
Date: 2016/06/20
By: Shuhei Omi

The June 12 suicide by a female major in the Taiwanse armed forces has prompted the Ministry

Photo: J. Michael Cole / TNLI

Photo: J. Michael Cole / TNLI

of National defense to established a taskforce to investigate the incident.

The ministry initially said that the recent death of the woman’s grandmother may have destabilized the mental state of the young woman, surnamed Tsai (蔡). However it changed its stance after reviewing the incident and subsequently stated that work-related stress was the likely reason behind the suicide, the Chinese-language Liberty Times reported.

Lieutenant-General Liu De-jin (劉得金), director of electronic communications development and Tsai’s commanding officer, said that after Tsai sought help, she was transferred from research to an administrative section. He did not realize that the work, which she had no experience in, may have increased her stress levels.     [FULL  STORY]

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