235 Search Results for Suicide


Benzodiazepines Increase Suicide Risks in Veterans With Co-Morbid COPD/PTSD

Many clinical guidelines specifically recommend against prescribing benzodiazepines to patients with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease and post-traumatic stress disorder.

November 19, 2018
House Committee on Veterans’ Affairs

Suicide Rates Jump Up for Younger Veterans in Recent Years

Rates of suicide among younger veterans (ages 18-34) “increased substantially in recent years,” climbing from 40.4 suicide deaths per 100,000 population in 2015 to 45 suicide deaths per 100,000 population in 2016, according to a new report.

November 8, 2018
Department of Defense

No Prior Mental Health Diagnosis for Many Soldiers Attempting Suicide

While mental health conditions are a strong predictor of who is likely to try to take their own life, that doesn't account for a sizeable percentage of soldiers at risk of suicide, according to a new study.

October 3, 2018

Suicide risk under-appreciated among advanced lung cancer patients

Much of the focus on suicide at the VA is on recently discharged servicemembers who suffer from conditions such as depression or post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD).

July 12, 2018

Suicide Attempts in Army Units Appear to Be ‘Contagious’

Study Finds Links Between Higher Individual, Unit Rates BETHESDA, MD—Are soldiers in specific Army units more likely to attempt suicide? A new study looks at that issue and explores what characteristics of the units might... View Article

September 13, 2017

PsA Patients Not at Increased Risk of Mortality, Except for Suicide

PHILADELPHIA—What are the common causes of mortality in patients with psoriatic arthritis (PsA) compared with the general population and compared with patients with rheumatoid arthritis (RA)? A report in the journal Rheumatology (Oxford) provided some... View Article

August 13, 2017

Alcohol, Drug Problems Dramatically Increase Veterans’ Suicide Risk

Solving the devastating issue of veteran suicide depends, at least partly, on being able to identify former servicemembers at the highest risk.

May 9, 2017

Telehealth Device Helps Avoid Suicide in Veterans With Schizophrenia

Telehealth tools are showing promise in helping save the lives of schizophrenic veterans with a high risk of suicide, but the VA is facing a setback in using them.

January 21, 2017

Suicide Risk Remains Much Higher for Military, Veterans Than Civilian U.S. Population

Suicide rates in the general U.S. population rose to their highest level in 30 years in 2014, but among both active-duty servicemembers and veterans, the rates were higher still.

October 12, 2016

More Comprehensive Data Shows Lower Average Veteran Suicide Rate

Serious Concerns Remain About 20, Not 22, Suicides A DayBy Sandra BasuWASHINGTON—A recent veterans suicide analysis indicates that an average of 20 veterans died every day in 2014—slightly less than a 2010 estimate—but VA is... View Article

August 8, 2016

VA Pushed to Provide More-Accurate Data on Veteran Suicide Rates

WASHINGTON — Lawmakers are pressing VA to complete an analysis to provide more-accurate data on how many veterans take their own lives in a given time period.

June 4, 2016

Legislators Focus on Concerns About Suicide ‘Epidemic’ Among Women Veterans

Suicide Rate Six Times Higher Than Civilian PeersBy Annette M. BoyleDENVER — Suicide among women veterans is six times higher than among their civilian peers, according to a recently published study, and Congress wants to... View Article

May 6, 2016

Enhanced Screening Seeks to Prevent Military Suicides

Is it possible to prevent military suicide by regularly monitoring troops’ resilience, just as their physical fitness is now measured?

December 6, 2015

Therapy for Insomnia Reduces Suicide Ideation in Veterans

RAND Study: DoD Isn’t Doing Enough to Improve Sleep Health By Brenda L. Mooney WASHINGTON – Difficulty sleeping appears to be a significant contributor to suicide ideation in veterans, even more so than severe depression,... View Article

May 4, 2015

Clay Hunt Suicide Prevention Bill Becomes Law

    WASHINGTON— President Barack Obama has signed the Clay Hunt Suicide Prevention for American Veterans Act, authorizing the VA to conduct a student loan repayment pilot program aimed at recruiting and retaining psychiatrists, among... View Article

February 24, 2015

Suicide Prevention Bill Set to Become Law

WASHINGTON—Military and Veterans’ organizations applauded the U.S. Senate’s passage of a bill this week that will authorize VA to conduct a student loan repayment pilot program aimed at recruiting and retaining psychiatrists, among other things.... View Article

February 4, 2015

Clay Hunt Suicide Bill Blocked in Senate, Falls to Pass This Session

By Sandra Basu WASHINGTON-Advocacy groups were upset last month that a bill requiring VA and DoD to conduct annual evaluations of their mental healthcare and suicide prevention programs was not passed before Congress finished its... View Article

January 5, 2015

New Analytics May Help Army Predict Which Soldiers Are at Risk for Suicide

Rate Spikes after  Psychiatric  Hospitalization New Analytic Methods May Be Able to Better Predict Who’s at Risk By Brenda L. Mooney BOSTON – Soldiers are at astronomical risk of suicide within the first year following... View Article

January 5, 2015

Better Recruit Screening Probably Won’t Solve Military Suicide Crisis

SALT LAKE CITY - The roots of the rising suicide rates in servicemembers and veterans reach back into childhood home environments and pre-military experiences, according to a quartet of recent reports.

October 3, 2014

New White House Initiatives Seek to Reduce Military Suicide Rates, Improve Care

By Sandra Basu WASHINGTON – A revision in the VA drug formulary and an expansion of suicide prevention training were among 19 new executive actions announced recently by President Barack Obama to improve mental healthcare... View Article

October 3, 2014