Soldier suicides prompt concerns about military mental health support

Above: Three Canadian soldiers took their own lives this week — all of them veterans of the war in Afghanistan. Many other soldiers, still on active duty are suffering in silence. As Shirlee Engel reports, some say they’re not getting the help they need.

OTTAWA – Seven years after Warrant Officer Frank Mellish was killed in Afghanistan, his cousin, Warrant Officer Michael McNeil could no longer live with the pain of that loss.

According to Barry Mellish — McNeil’s uncle and Mellish’s father — the two men were like brothers and even served two tours together.

“We’re a close family,” he told Global News. “We always thought highly of him and him of us.”

With McNeil’s death by suicide, this week, Mellish said the family is reliving what it went through seven years ago.

McNeil was one of three Canadian soldiers to die by suicide this week alone.

“He was suffering survivor’s guilt,” Mellish said in a phone interview from his home in Truro, N.S. “There’s no doubt in my mind he was.”

“I think they should have had him on a suicide watch… I think they dropped the ball on that,” he said.

McNeil died on Thursday at CFB Petawawa, northwest of Ottawa. His death came after …read more

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Soldier suicides prompt concerns about military mental health support