REPORT: National suicide rates of veterans increase

WASHINGTON, D.C. – The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs concluded their analysis of Veteran suicide data nationally, and found that suicide rates have increased.

According to their study, suicide rates have also increased for non-Veterans as well, highlighting suicide as a national public health concern that affects everyone.

VA examined over 55 million death records between 2005 and 2015 in efforts to improve VA’s Suicide Prevention Program.

The report includes suicide rates for both Veterans and non-Veterans categorized by age, race and gender. The report also analyzes Veteran rates based on service branch, suicide method and suicide risk factors.

“Suicide remains a top clinical priority,” said Acting VA Secretary Mr. Peter O’Rourke. “One life lost to suicide is one too many.”

VA’s findings show that the average number of Veterans who died by suicide each day remained unchanged at 20.

The study shows that the suicide rate increased faster among Veterans who had not recently used Veterans Health Administration health care than among those who had.

The full report can be viewed here.