On September 26, the US Department of Veterans Affairs released the National Suicide Data Report for 2005-2016.  The data indicate that on average about 20 current or former service members die by suicide each day.  Of this number, six have been in VA health care and fourteen have not.

North Carolina data for 2016, the latest year that data are available, indicate that the situation has improved since 2014.  In 2016, 184 Veterans died by suicide, a decrease from 2014, when 249 Veterans died by suicide.  The table below shows how NC Veterans compare to non-Veterans in the State as well as the Southern region (i.e., 16 states and the District of Columbia) and the nation in 2014 and 2016.

The Governor’s Working Group on Veterans, Service Members, and their Families (GWG) is committed to maintaining this trend. While it’s a promising start, the hard work must continue. Through the multiple collaborative projects and initiatives of its members, the GWG is steadfast in its mission to involve more partners in sharing information and best practices and expanding and improving services for the state’s 720,000 Veterans and their family members.

 

North Carolina, Southern Region, and National Veteran Suicide Rate
in 2014 and 2016 by Age Group

Overall Average 18-34 Years 35-54 Years 55-74 Years 75+ Years
2014 NC Non-Veterans Suicide Rate 17.2 14.9 17.4 19.5

16.9

2016 NC Non-Veterans Suicide Rate

17.1

15.0

 

18.3

 

17.5

 

18.0

 

2014 NC Veterans Suicide Rate 37.0 75.9 44.5 28.6

27.0

2016 NC Veterans Suicide Rate

25.2

 

26.7

 

28.0

 

22.8

 

25.6

 

2014 Southern Region Veterans Suicide Rate 37.9 71.3 41.5 30.6

33.7

2016 Southern Region Veterans Suicide Rate

30.6

 

44.5

 

31.0

 

26.3

 

32.0

 

2014 National Veterans Suicide Rate 38.4 70.4 47.7 30.4

32.0

2016 National Veterans Suicide Rate 30.1

 

45.0

 

33.1

 

25.9

 

28.3