Deployment & Risk of Suicide in US Army Personnel

Soldiers in the U.S. Army who deploy within six months of an earlier deployment are at higher risk for suicide, as are new recruits who are sent to war within one year of enlisting. Those who redeploy within six months are 1.6 times more likely to attempt suicide. Soldiers who serve 12 months or less… Read More

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Greater Threat: Suicide or Combat?

Globally, the suicide rate has fallen by 38% from its peak in 1994. As a result, over four million lives have been saved – more than four times as many people as were killed in combat over the same period. The decline has happened at different rates and different times in different parts of the… Read More

Nonfatal Suicidal Behaviours of Activated US Army National Guard & Army Reserve Soldiers, 2004-2009

Research Paper Title Nonfatal Suicidal Behaviours in the Administrative Records of Activated U.S. Army National Guard and Army Reserve Soldiers, 2004-2009. Background The U.S. Army suicide rate increased sharply during the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. There is limited information about medically documented, nonfatal suicidal behaviours among soldiers in the Army’s Reserve Component (RC), which… Read More

Nonfatal Suicidal Behaviours in the Administrative Records of Activated US Army National Guard & Army Reserve Soldiers, 2004-2009

Research Paper Title Nonfatal Suicidal Behaviors in the Administrative Records of Activated U.S. Army National Guard and Army Reserve Soldiers, 2004-2009. Background The U.S. Army suicide rate increased sharply during the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. There is limited information about medically documented, nonfatal suicidal behaviours among soldiers in the Army’s Reserve Component (RC), which… Read More

Can Military Occupation Inform the Understanding of Suicide Attempt Risk among Soldiers?

Research Paper Title Suicide attempts in U.S. Army combat arms, special forces and combat medics. Background The US Army suicide attempt rate increased sharply during the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. Risk may vary according to occupation, which significantly influences the stressors that soldiers experience. Methods Using administrative data from the Army Study to Assess… Read More

Assessment of Psychological Pain in Suicidal Veterans

Research Paper Title Assessment of psychological pain in suicidal veterans. Background Psychological pain is a relatively understudied and potentially important construct in the evaluation of suicidal risk. Psychological pain also referred to as ‘mental pain’ or ‘psychache’ can be defined as an adverse emotional reaction to a severe trauma (e.g., the loss of a child)… Read More

Linking Insomnia, Psychiatric Disorders & Suicidal Ideation in Canadian Armed Forces Personnel

Research Paper Title Insomnia, psychiatric disorders and suicidal ideation in a National Representative Sample of active Canadian Forces members. Background Past research on the association between insomnia and suicidal ideation (SI) has produced mixed findings. The current study explored the relationship between insomnia, SI, and past-year mental health status among a large Canadian Forces (CF)… Read More