VA Attempts to Cover Up Suicide Rate

Over at PscyhCentral John Grohol is saying the VA is hiding suicide numbers. According to internal memos, veterans are committing suicide at the rate of about 6500 per year. Below are some statistics to put that into the larger context. If the numbers are correct that would put veteran suicides at about 20 percent of the national average.

Some statistics courtesy of the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention.

  • Over 32,000 people in the United States die by suicide every year.
  • In 2005 (latest available data), there were 32,637 reported suicide deaths.
  • Suicide is fourth leading cause of death for adults between the ages of 18 and 65 years in the U.S., with approximately 26,500 suicides.
  • Currently, suicide is the 11th leading cause of death in the United States.
  • A person dies by suicide about every 16 minutes in the United States. An attempt is estimated to be made once every minute.
  • Ninety percent of all people who die by suicide have a diagnosable psychiatric disorder at the time of their death.
  • There are four male suicides for every female suicide, but twice as many females as males attempt suicide.
  • Every day, approximately 80 Americans take their own life, and 1,500 more attempt to do so.

Kalea Chapman, Psy.D.

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