Landmark study shows military veterans at greater risk of suicide
News 02:56 PM by Lee Berthiaum Hamilton Spectator

OTTAWA A landmark study from Veterans Affairs Canada appears to confirm what many have long feared: Canadians who have served in uniform are at greater risk of taking their own lives than members of the general public.

Researchers used nearly 40 years of data from Veterans Affairs, the Department of National Defence and Statistics Canada to review the records of more than 200,000 former service members.

The study, the first of its kind, comes amid a new government push to reduce the number of suicides and improve the mental health of current and former military members.

The results released Thursday show that the risk of suicide among all male veterans was 36 per cent higher than men who had never served in the Canadian military.

And like in the U.S., U.K., and Australia, the risk of suicide was greatest among younger male veterans, the researchers found...