This is a blog for the Mental Health Policy Class at the George Warren Brown School of Social Work.

November 8, 2007

Depressed male veterans have highest suicide risk

Among depressed U.S. military veterans, young white men have the highest risk of suicide, the results of a large VA study suggest. Using government data for more than 800,000 veterans who were treated for depression between 1999 and 2004, the investigators found that the overall suicide risk was 7 to 8 times higher compared with that in the general population.
Male veterans had roughly three times the rate of suicide as female veterans did, while younger veterans -- those ages 18 to 44 -- had a higher suicide rate than their older counterparts. Men who were 65 years or older had the second highest risk, while the lowest risk was seen among men between the ages of 45 and 64 years old.

No comments: