Risk Of Suicide Attempts Made By Enlisted Soldiers Varies Over Time

Reuters (5/25, Seaman) reports a study published online May 25 in JAMA Psychiatry suggests that the risk of suicide attempts made by enlisted soldiers in the US Army appears to vary over time.

The ABC News (5/25, Mohney) website reports that after examining “data from 163,178 enlisted soldiers,” researchers found that “enlisted soldiers, who had never been deployed, accounted for 61.1 percent of the enlisted soldiers who attempted suicide.” Soldiers among that group faced the “highest” risk for a “suicide attempt…when they reached their second month of service.” Soldiers who were deployed appeared to be “at highest risk six months into deployment.” And, among soldiers who had returned home from a previous deployment, “five months after getting back home was their highest risk time” for making a suicide attempt.

Related Links:

— “In U.S. Army, enlisted soldiers’ risk of suicide attempts varies over time,” Andrew W. Seaman, Reuters, May 25, 2016.

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