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FDAK Newsletter 12/01/17

 

VA Releases Troubling Veteran Suicide Statistics

The Release is part of VA’s comprehensive examination of more than 55 million records, from 1979 to 2014.

The new data includes Veteran suicide rates and overall suicide rates by state, age group, and gender and list the most common suicide methods.

Finding show there is variability across the nation in the rates and numbers of death by suicide among Veterans.  Overall, the Veteran rates mirror those of the general population in the geographic region, with the highest rates in Western states.  While we see higher rates of suicide in some states with smaller populations, most Veteran suicides are still in the heaviest populated areas.

The suicide rate among middle age and older adult Veterans remains high.  In 2014, approximately 65 percent of all Veterans who died by suicide were age 50 or older.

After adjusting for differences in age and sex, risk for suicide was 22 percent higher among Veterans when compared to U.S. non-Veteran adults. 

After adjusting for differences in age, risk for suicide was 19 percent higher among male Veterans when compared to U.S. non-Veteran adult men.  After adjusting for differences in age, risk for suicide was 2.5 times higher among female Veterans when compared to U.S. non-Veteran adult women.

“These findings are deeply concerning, which is why I made suicide prevention my top clinical priority,” said VA Secretary Dr. David J. Shulkin.

Veterans who are in crisis or having thoughts of suicide, and those who know a Veteran in crisis, can call the Veterans Crisis Line for confidential support 24 hours a day, seven days a week, 365 days a year.  Call 800-273-8255 and press 1, chat online at VeteransCrisisLine.net/Chat, or text to 838255.


2018 Dues Notices

Your 2018 Dues Notices have been mailed out.  Please get those in ASAP.  If you have any questions about your Annual FDAK Dues, please feel free to contact Kim House at the Association’s office at 800-866-3211.


 

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