Saturday, November 5, 2011

Veterans die every 80 minutes from suicide.

In an alarming report, the VA has determined that veterans are dying in large numbers daily due to suicide. Despite the Veteran's Administration's best efforts to combat suicide in veterans, it seems that they are losing the fight in suicide prevention. Currently there are increased mental health services available to veterans but this suicide rate may raise the question as to whether these services are helpful enough to the veterans that they serve.

Veterans have traditionally had higher rates of suicide than their non military serving counterparts. Clearly, the recent wars have impacted these figures as many veterans are returning from war scarred physically and mentally by the combat experience that they had. It is estimated by many studies that the PTSD rate may be as high as 30% in veterans of the wars in the Middle East.

If you are a veteran and you are going through an emotional crisis. Please try the VA's hotline for help.


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