Battling the Storm Within

Sunday, October 4, 2015

High Suicide Rate Among Women Veterans Needs to be Addressed

As National Suicide Prevention Awareness Month draws to a close, it’s worth repeating that every month should be a suicide awareness month—but especially for women veterans, who experience a suicide rate fast approaching their male counterparts.
The latest statistics on women veteran suicide from the U.S. Dept. of Veterans Affairs are quite sobering:
  • For women ages 18 to 29, veterans kill themselves at nearly 12 times the rate of non-veterans
  • 40% of women veterans who committed suicide used guns, compared with 34% of other women
  • In every other age group, including women who served as far back as the 1950s, the veteran rates are between four and eight times higher, indicating that the causes extend far beyond the psychological effects of the recent wars

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