New veteran suicide rate revealed

The VA has completed a new analysis, revealing 20 veterans a day died from suicide in 2014.

WASHINGTON (KTUL) - The Department of Veterans Affairs is wrapping up its analysis of veteran suicide rates in the United States.

Based on the current data, the VA estimates an average of 20 veterans a day died from suicide in 2014. That number is down from an estimate from 2010 of 22 a day.

"One Veteran suicide is one too many, and this collaborative effort provides both updated and comprehensive data that allows us to make better informed decisions on how to prevent this national tragedy," said VA Under Secretary for Health, Dr. David J. Shulkin.

More than 55 million records from between 1979 to 2014 from across the country were included in the study.

The entire report will be released later in July. The analysis will include:

  • 65% of all veterans who died from suicide in 2014 were age 50 or older
  • Veterans accounted for 18% of all deaths from suicide in American adults
  • Since 2001, the rate of suicide in U.S. veterans who use the VA has increased by 8.8% and the rate of suicide of those who do not use the VA has increased by 38.6%

The VA says it is working on new ways to prevent suicide including getting veterans with urgent mental health needs same-day access.

There is immediate help available by calling the Crisis Line at 1-800-273-8255 (press 1), text 838255 or click here.

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