Study Shows Junior Soldiers, Women More Likely To Attempt Suicide

According to a study of Army soldiers conducted from 2004–2009 published yesterday in JAMA Psychiatry, new enlistees, women and soldiers … Continued

Study Shows Junior Soldiers, Women More Likely To Attempt Suicide

According to a study of Army soldiers conducted from 2004–2009 published yesterday in JAMA Psychiatry, new enlistees, women and soldiers who have been diagnosed with mental health disorders are more likely to attempt suicide.

“Once have completed suicide, there's nothing you can do about it. They are dead,” said Dr. Robert Ursano, the chairman of the psychiatry department at the Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences. “So you try to work backward — to understand those who have tried, then those who have completed a plan, and those who have thought about it.”

Roughly 99% of suicide attempts in the Army, during 2004–2009 were made by enlisted personnel, who make up the majority of the force — roughly 84%. The research also found that enlisted soldiers and officers who entered the service at the age of 25 were at greater risk of suicide and that women were twice as likely as their male counterparts to try to take their own life. Suicide risk was particularly high duringa service member's first tour, in particular the first few months, and troops who received a mental health diagnosis were at risk of attempting suicide within a month of getting the news.

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