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Accession Number ADA592774
Title PTSD and Suicide Risk Association: A Look at Data.
Publication Date Apr 2013
Media Count 40p
Personal Author P. Eberhardt
Abstract The United States Surgeon General stated in the 2012 National Strategy for Suicide Prevention ..Between 2001 and 2009 an average of 33,000 suicide deaths occurred each year in the United 2009, more Americans died from suicide than from motor vehicle traffic-related injuries. Within DoD, suicide numbers for 2012 reached a high of 349 among the Active and Reserve Component. Estimates state that PTSD afflicts 27 percent of Veterans who served in Afghanistan and/or Iraq (as well as more than 30 percent of Vietnam Veterans and about 10 percent of Gulf War vets).This study analyzed data from a cohort of Veterans that had a non-fatal suicide attempt between October 1, 2010 and March 31, 2012, reported within the Department of Veterans Affairs Suicide Prevention Application Network (SPAN) database. Analysis of the data suggests that those diagnosed with PTSD were associated with elevated risk for a non- fatal suicide attempt. The author makes recommendations on how the VA and DoD can minimize stigma, encourage individuals to seek help and reduce potential risk for suicide.
Keywords Department of defense
Dod(Department of defense)
Mental health
Post traumatic stress disorder
Ptsd(Post traumatic stress disorder)
Span database
Span(Suicide prevention application network)
Veterans(Military personnel)

Source Agency Non Paid ADAS
NTIS Subject Category 92B - Psychology
57T - Psychiatry
57E - Clinical Medicine
74 - Military Sciences
Corporate Author Veterans Health Administration, Washington, DC.
Document Type Technical report
Title Note Civilian research project.
NTIS Issue Number 1412
Contract Number N/A

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