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VA National Suicide Report

In September 2018, VA released findings from its most recent analysis of 2005–2016 suicide rates for both Veteran and non-Veteran populations. These findings underscore the fact that suicide is a national public health issue that affects communities everywhere. Data is an integral part of VA’s public health strategy and enables VA to tailor suicide prevention initiatives to reach diverse groups of Veterans.

More information on the VA National Suicide Data Report is available athttps://www.mentalhealth.va.gov/mentalhealth/suicide_prevention/data.asp

Key findings from the report include the following:

  • In 2016, Veterans accounted for 14.0 percent of all deaths by suicide among U.S. adults and constituted 8.1 percent of the U.S. adult population (ages 18 and up).
    • From 2015 to 2016, the overall Veteran suicide count decreased from 6,281 to 6,079 deaths and the Veteran unadjusted suicide rate decreased from 30.5/100,000 to 30.1/100,000.
  • Firearms continue to be the prevalent method of suicide. In 2016, the percent of suicide deaths that involved firearms was 69.4 percent.
  • The rate of suicide among 18–34 year-old Veterans has increased from 40.4 suicide deaths per 100,000 population in 2015 to 45 suicide deaths per 100,000 population in 2016.
  • In 2016, rates of suicide were highest among younger Veterans (ages 18–34) and lowest among older Veterans (age 55 and older). However, because the older Veteran population is the largest, this group accounted for 58.1 percent of Veteran suicide deaths in 2016.
  • Women Veteran suicide counts and rates decreased from 2015 to 2016. The women Veteran suicide count decreased from 283 deaths to 257 deaths and the women Veteran unadjusted suicide rate decreased from 15.5/100,000 in 2015 to 13.9/100,000 in 2016.

 

Veteran suicide prevention is a top priority for VA. As a national leader in suicide prevention, VA developed the National Strategy for Preventing Veteran Suicide to guide VA personnel and stakeholders — including other federal agencies, state and local governments, health care systems, and community organizations — so that we, as a nation, can reduce suicide rates among all Veterans.



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