Military Suicides Linked to Mental Illness, Not Combat or Deployments

Neither combat experience, number of deployments, nor cumulative days deployed were significantly associated with suicide among current and former U.S. service members, found a study of 151,560 military personnel published today in JAMA. Instead, having depression or bipolar disorder, having alcohol-related problems, and being male are the strongest risk factors for suicide, reported Cynthia LeardMann, M.P.H., of the Naval Health Research Center in San Diego and colleagues.

–Psychiatric News Alert

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