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Marian University professor to study cause of increase in Marine suicides

FOND DU LAC, WI (WTAQ) - A professor at Marian University in Fond du Lac will help the Marines find out why more of their troops have killed themselves since 2010.

Janet McCord, an associate professor in Marian’s school of Nursing and Health Professions, will interview friends and relatives of Marines who committed suicide while on active duty from 2010 through last year.

The Marines hope to identify risk factors that could be unique to its organization.

McCord tells the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel that survivors often have a lot of guilt, but many are willing to talk about the deaths to try and get answers on why they happened. They also believe it would help other military members and families.

The Marines have started several programs encouraging its members who are depressed or stressed to get help.

At least 48 Marines committed suicide last year, and six other deaths are being investigated. The total is way up from 32 deaths in 2011.

There were also large spikes in Marine suicides in 2008 and ’09, before dropping in 2010.