Female veterans commit suicide at high rate

By Staff Writer

Young female veterans are three times more likely to commit suicide than the general population, according to a new study published in the journal Psychiatric Services. The findings underscore the importance of providing mental health services, such as those offered at rehab facilities, to former service members.

Previous studies have shown that veterans are much more likely than civilians to suffer from post traumatic stress disorder. This condition often increases an individual’s risk of becoming depressed or considering suicide. The researchers found that this is particularly true for younger female veterans.

After examining data from Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, researchers from Portland State University and Oregon Health and Sciences University found that 1 in 7,465 female veterans commits suicide. This is nearly three times the rate among civilians.

The researchers said that their findings should act as a “call-to-action” that helps more veterans get the help they need from rehab facilities. Their hope is that doctors and caregivers will be more attentive to the unique needs of these patients.