June 13, 2024
Mental Health | Tea Leaves
  • A Pentagon study revealed that between 2014 and 2019, U.S. soldiers were nearly nine times more likely to die by suicide than in combat situations, marking suicide as the leading cause of death among active-duty soldiers during that period, with 883 recorded suicide deaths compared to 96 combat deaths. Published by the Defense Health Agency, the study highlights the severity of the issue within the military. While initiatives addressing harmful behaviors like alcohol abuse have been implemented, suicide rates remain alarmingly high, despite a decline in combat deaths as deployments to war zones decreased from 2014 to 2019. (Article here)