Suicide rates are increasing for both veterans and civilians in the US. Male veterans, when compared to civilian men, are 1.3 times more likely to kill themselves. Women veterans however die by suicide twice as often as their civilian counterparts. A new report from the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) released as an update to last year’s report on veteran suicide now gives us a better view on veteran suicide up through 2015. The report is available on the VA Mental Health website. If you or someone you know has suicidal thoughts, call the Military Crisis Line at 1-800-273-8255 and press 1, text 838255, or confidentially chat online with a Military Crisis Line counselor.
For more mental health and wellness resources, visit the Military.com Mental Health and Wellness page.