A new report from the Arizona Violent Death Reporting System (AVDRS) found from January 1, 2015-June 30, 2016, the rate of suicides among Arizona veterans was significantly higher than non-veterans. Specifically, the suicide rate among non-veterans was 21.8 per 100,000 people, compared to 74.9 veterans per 100,000.
The AzVDRS is housed at ASU. This report is the first examining veteran violent deaths, including suicide, in detail. During this time frame, researchers found 393 suicides and 38 homicides of veterans, both male and female.
Female veterans had higher rates of both suicide and homicide than non-veteran women.
Suicide prevention among veterans is a critical component to the 2017 Arizona State Suicide Prevention Plan. The plan details goals and objectives staff at the Arizona Health Care Cost Containment System are working on to prevent suicides among all citizens of the state. Veterans are one of several targeted populations.
If you or a loved one is considering suicide, or if you are concerned about someone’s mental well-being, please do not hesitate to contact the national suicide prevention hotline: 1-800-273-8255. There are resources available. Together, we can prevent suicide.
For more information about the AzVDRS report, visit: http://cvpcs.asu.edu/sites/default/files/content/pages/AZVDRS_2015-June2016_Veterans_FINAL.pdf