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Resource ID: #28826
Subject: Mental Health
Source: Patricia Kime, Richard Sisk
Date: June 8, 2019; Dec. 5, 2019



Navy Petty Officer Brandon Caserta may have been a quiet junior sailor, but his final gesture was dramatic and desperate: a plea, as he took his own life, for the Navy to investigate and change a toxic culture. Kime traces the events leading up to Caserta's suicide, uncovering leadership abuse and apathy amid a troubling suicide epidemic. Her investigative work revealed that the senior enlisted leader Caserta answered to had previously been removed from a leadership position for bullying and abusive behavior, but had faced no consequences prior to reinstatement. She also revealed a lack of mental health resources for struggling sailors like Caserta, and repeated failures by his leadership to spot warning signs in his behavior.

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