Title: 2019 National Veteran Suicide Prevention Annual Report
Date Released: September 20, 2019
Key Findings, from the report:
Firearms were the method of suicide in 70.7% of male Veteran suicide deaths and 43.2% of female Veteran suicide deaths in 2017.
In addition to the aforementioned Veteran suicides, there were 919 suicides among never federally activated former National Guard and Reserve members in 2017, an average 2.5 suicide deaths per day.
Conducted by the VA Office of Mental Health and Suicide Prevention.
Published on the VA’s website. Get a copy of the report, here.
Synopsis: The report includes suicide data up through 2017. It recommends ‘a public health approach to suicide prevention.’ Future iterations of the report will include data on never federally activated National Guard and Reserve members. From the VA’s press release: “One key change from this year’s report is that it does not group together Veterans eligible for VA services with servicemembers and former National Guard and Reserve members who were never federally activated. This change was necessary because these groups are unique and do not all qualify for the same benefits and services, therefore they require individualized outreach strategies.”