By the Numbers - Sept. 23, 2013

By the Numbers - Sept. 23, 2013


"The crude rate of suicide per 100,000 person years," among 150,000 active duty personnel and Veterans who, respectively, did not deploy to OEF/OIF, who deployed without combat, and who experienced combat, according to a recent article in the Journal of the American Medical Association --  Risk factors associated with suicide in current and former US military personnel. Noting that "rates were almost identical among participants who did and did not have combat deployment before 2001," the researchers concluded that "OEF/OIF deployment, number of deployments, and number of days deployed were unrelated to rate of suicide."

According to the article, factors related to suicide risk included male gender as well as mental disorders such as depression, manic depression and alcohol misuse.

By the Numbers - Sept. 23, 2013 | Center for Deployment Psychology


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