Thursday, July 7, 2016

VA Suicide Report 2016 Less is Actually More?

VA Suicide Report 2016 is actually 2 years old already. What it shows is the VA is saying the number of veterans committing suicide has gone down by 2 but at the same time, the report also says the numbers have gone up. Seriously! Read the report for yourself this time so no one starts a group of "20 too many" because this report shows for all that has been "done" by charities and congress, nothing has really changed to make their lives truly better. 

Veteran Suicide Statistics, 2014
In 2014, an average of 20 Veterans died from suicide each day. 6 of the 20 were users of VA services.
In 2014, Veterans accounted for 18% of all deaths from suicide among U.S. adults, while Veterans constituted 8.5% of the US population. In 2010, Veterans accounted for 22% of all deaths from suicide and 9.7% of the population.
Approximately 66% of all Veteran deaths from suicide were the result of firearm injuries.
There is continued evidence of high burden of suicide among middle-aged and older adult Veterans. In 2014, approximately 65% of all Veterans who died from suicide were aged 50 years or older.
After adjusting for differences in age and gender, risk for suicide was 21% higher among Veterans when compared to U.S. civilian adults. (2014)
After adjusting for differences in age, risk for suicide was 18% higher among male Veterans when compared to U.S. civilian adult males. (2014)
After adjusting for differences in age, risk for suicide was 2.4 times higher
In 2014, the rate of suicide among U.S. Veteran males was 37.0 per 100,000.
• Since 2001, the age-adjusted rate of suicide among U.S. Veteran males has increased by 30.5%.
In 2014, the rate of suicide among U.S. civilian adult females was 7.2 per 100,000.
• Since 2001, the age-adjusted rate of suicide among U.S. civilian adult females has increased by 39.7%.
In 2014, the rate of suicide among U.S. Veteran females was 18.9 per 100,000.
• Since 2001, the age-adjusted rate of suicide among U.S. Veteran females has increased by 85.2%.