Despite prevention efforts, military suicides hit a record high in 2018, Newsweek reports. According to the Pentagon’s annual suicide report, a total of 541 active duty, reserve, and National Guard troops took their own lives in 2018.
While suicides among National Guard forces and reserves remained constant over the last five years, rates have increased among active-duty soldiers over the same time frame. Even more concerning is that the suicide rate within active-duty ranks jumped from 18.5 to 24.8 suicides for every 100 service members between 2013 and 2018. Overall, the U.S. Navy experienced a “statistically significant increase” in suicide rates between 2013 and 2018.
The report comes not long after a string of suicides last week on the Navy aircraft carrier USS George H.W. Bush. Captain Sean Bailey, the commanding officer of the carrier, addressed the disturbing pattern on Facebook.
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