The details of number of incidents of suicide and fratricide cases in the armed forces during the last three years are as under:

Year

Army

Navy

Air Force

No. of Suspected Suicide Cases

No. of Fratricide Cases

No. of Suspected Suicide Cases

No. of Fratricide Cases

No. of Suspected Suicide Cases

No. of Fratricide Cases

2016

104

02

06

Nil

19

01

2017

75

01

05

Nil

21

Nil

2018

80

01

08

Nil

16

Nil

Various steps have been taken by the Armed Forces to create healthy and favourable environment for their Officers and Other Ranks. Some of these steps are as under:-

Provision of better quality of facilities such as clothing, food, married accommodation, travel facilities, schooling, recreation etc. and periodic welfare meeting.
Conduct of yoga and meditation as a tool for stress management.
Training and deployment of psychological counsellors.
Institutionalization of projects ‘MILAP’ and ‘SAHYOG’ by Army in Northern & Eastern Command to reduce stress among troops.
A ‘MansikSahayata Helpline’ has been established by Army & Air Force to take professional counselling.
Mental Health Awareness is provided during pre-induction training.
Formation of Military Psychiatry Treatment Centre at INHSAsvini and establishment of Mental Health Centres in Mumbai, Visakhapatnam, Kochi, Port Blair, Goa and Karwar.
This information was given by Raksha Rajya Mantri Dr. Subhash Bhamre in a written reply to Dr. A. Sampath in Lok Sabha today.

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