September is Suicide Prevention Month
In 2019, on average 17 Veterans died by suicide every day
- Ten were Veterans with no VA encounter the previous year
- Unadjusted suicide rates were highest among Veterans ages 18-34
There are THREE THINGS each of us can do:
1. Take PsychArmor’s free S.A.V.E. Suicide Prevention Training. Click here.
2. Learn how to talk to Veterans who are struggling. Click here.
3. Become a Veteran Champion. Read “Beyond Thank you for Your Service,” to understand ways we can each be supportive. Click here.
Veteran sub-populations at increased risk for suicide include:
- Female Veterans, ages 18-34,
- Aging Veterans – those ages 55-74 were the largest population subgroup, accounting for 38.6% of deaths in 2019,
- Native Veterans, Asian American/Pacific Islander (AA/PI) Veterans,
- Lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer and other (LGBTQ+) Veterans,
- Veterans with serious medical conditions.
Source: The 2021 National Veteran Suicide Prevention, Annual Report. U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs. click here.