Veterans Crisis Line aims to help soldiers who may be suicidal
PADUCAH, Ky. -
Suicide rates in the U.S. military have increased over the past decade.
Soldiers treated for a mental disorder are at an especially high risk of taking their own lives. Harvard researchers found soldiers admitted for in-patient psychiatric care were 14 times more likely than other soldiers to commit suicide within a year of being discharged.
The strongest predictors of suicide included being male, having enlisted at an older age, committing crimes while enlisted and a history of suicidal thoughts and actions.
If you are a veteran that is having suicidal thoughts, call the veterans crisis line at 1-800-273-8255 or you can text 838255 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Find out more about the Veterans Crisis Line by clicking here.