Veteran suicide mortality is higher than Canadian general population
June 20, 2020
Global Korean Post
On June 18 Veterans Affairs Canada releases annual study on Veteran suicide mortality.
Veteran suicide is a critical public health concern for Veterans Affairs Canada (VAC).
The release of the Department’s third annual Veteran Suicide Mortality Study, a collaborative study with the Department of National Defence and Statistics Canada, aims to help VAC better understand the suicide trends over time and potential risk factors of Canadian Armed Forces Veterans.
Evidence gathered in this report is consistent with earlier Veteran Suicide Mortality Study reports and similar to studies done internationally.
Key findings of the 2019 study show that, over the 39-year observation period, the risk of suicide for both male and female Veterans was higher than the Canadian general population.
This study is part of VAC’s Joint Suicide Prevention Strategy with the Department of National Defence.
Findings from the study will help VAC and the Department of National Defence to build upon a strong foundation of programs, services and supports and will inform new services and supports to ensure the health and well-being of Canada’s serving members, Veterans and their families.
Supported by research like the Veteran Suicide Mortality Study, the Strategy ultimately aims to help prevent Veteran suicide.
It’s crucial that Veterans know they will be looked after while transitioning to life after service and in the years that follow.
The Department is committed to assisting Veterans in accessing the resources needed to support their health and well-being.