An extremely overlooked issue that needs to be brought out further into the light.
One of our regular readers, Roy, sent us this greatly detailed, yet deeply disturbing infographic regarding the rising suicide rates of our brothers and sisters in the armed forces. I have been reading and hearing more and more about this in the last couple of years or so and it is quite unsettling.
I have a few friends and family in the military, none of which have had suicidal issues as far as I know. But the sad thing is I may have no idea. Most people who commit to kill themselves don’t often outwardly show overwhelming signs that something is wrong. They just do it. Some, thankfully fail and go on to seek help, others, sadly accomplish what they feel is the only way out.
A few quick stats:
- In 2012 there were more suicides in the US military than soldiers killed in combat.
- Many are diagnosed with either substance abuse issues, mental disorders and brain trauma along with a laundry list of other issues. Also, it is most likely these issues crossover. Most people with substance abuse issues often suffer mental problems as well, and self-medicate.
- The Army has the highest suicide count with 182 in 2012.
- 69% of the veterans who took their own lives in 2012 were 59 years old or more.