By the Numbers: 6 Nov. 2017

By the Numbers: 6 Nov. 2017

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The percentage increase in the suicide rate of female Veterans from 2001 to 2014, according to a new article in JAMA -- New Data on Suicide Risk Among Military Veterans. The female Veteran suicide rate in 2014 was 19 per 100,000, which the article points out is "roughly 2.5 times higher than the rate among nonveteran US women (7.2 per 100 000)."

By contrast, among male US veterans, the 2014 suicide rate was 37.2 per 100 000, a 29.7% increase since 2001. The rate is 19% higher than that among US nonveteran males (25 per 100 000). But even though the gap between male and female veterans is closing slightly, men are still nearly twice as likely to take their own lives as women.

In addition, the new report revealed that in 2014, veterans accounted for 18% of all deaths by suicide among US adults, while representing only 8.5% of the US population. Six of every 20 veterans who died by suicide, less than a third, were receiving VA health services at the time. Age is a major factor, with 65% of all veterans who died by suicide aged 50 years or older.