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DoD Releases 2014 Suicide Report

DoD 2014 Suicide Event Report shows rates remained similar to 2013 for active-duty and reserve service members.


 

According to the DoD’s 2014 Suicide Event Report, 20 active-duty members per 100,000 committed suicide in 2014, along with 22 reserve and 19 U.S. National Guard members.

The suicides include 269 deaths among active-duty members, compared with 259 deaths by suicide in 2013. There were 169 deaths by suicide among the selected reserve members, compared with 220 deaths in 2013.

The 2014 suicide rates for reserve members and active-duty members of the 4 services were largely similar to those of 2013 with 2 notable exceptions: reductions in the rate for the National Guard, Air Force and Army combined, and reductions in the rate for the Army National Guard.

As of March 31, 2015, the report also documents 1,067 service members with 1 reported suicide attempt and 29 service members with 2 or more reported attempts. Five suicides were associated with 1 or more suicide attempt in 2013 or 2014. The median number of days between the most recent suicide attempt and the reported suicide was 108. The largest demographic differences between suicide and suicide attempt were in the prevalence of females (27% for suicide attempts vs 6% for suicides) and rank status (69% E1-E4 for suicide attempts vs 43% for suicides).

Most often, the suicide was committed by a white man, aged < 30 years, a high school graduate, enlisted, and married. The most frequently cited psychosocial stressors were failed relationships and administrative/legal issues.

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