The rate of suicide among veterans is generally twice that of the general population, making it an epidemic that needs to be addressed. Unfortunately, in 2017, the rate of suicide for veterans hit an all-time high, with about 20 per day. Sadly, this number continues to increase. That’s why organizations like We Got Your 6 are working tirelessly to raise awareness and support programs that help prevent further tragedies.
Suicide Rates for Veterans
According to the Veterans Affairs Department, veterans are more likely to die by suicide than non-veterans.
There are several reasons why veterans may be at a higher risk for suicide. First, veterans often struggle with post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and other mental health conditions that can lead to suicidal thoughts and behaviors. Veterans may also have access to firearms and other lethal means, which increases their risk of dying by suicide.
The latest statistics show that veterans’ suicide rates have increased in recent years. In 2022, the suicide rate among veterans was 21.0 per 100,000, up from 18.0 in 2020. This increase is concerning and underscores the need for better suicide prevention efforts among veterans.