Throughout history, many people in the armed forces have been seen as being suicidal following their deployment. Up until the early 2000s, the suicide rate for soldiers had been less than civilian rate, as the article says. Following this increase, the military had begun to work alongside the National Institute of Mental Health to track and follow these increasing events. Obviously we have seen within recent years the increase of media coverage on top of events such as military incidents, and military deaths. This in part may be a way that our media is trying to raise awareness about these issues in a more practical and easily accessible way.
Looking back at “When Black Women Start Going on Prozac” by Anna Mollow, if you direct your attention to page 490, to 491, Mollow once again draws attention to Danquah’s words. Danquah initially draws attention to depression as a so called “disease.” As Mollow continues, she incorporates the words of Mike Oliver said about the “social model of disability.” From my perspective, in a way it seems like it’s almost society that builds these constructs on people, be they mentally challenged or depressed. Sometimes, they ignore the fact that some people that, for example, depressed people may not always be depressed, but when they are hit by it, they suffer for longer periods of time and its consequences are far more severe. Liz Crow also was mentioned to have pointed out that “Pain, fatigue, depression, and chronic illness are all constant facts of life.” Sometimes, as a society we blow things far beyond what they need to be.