In October 2017, Injury and Violence Prevention, NC Department of Health and Human Services, released an infographic on Veteran suicides in the State from 2011-15. During this five-year period, a total of 9233 violent deaths occurred. Of these deaths, 1438 occurred among NC Veterans; 1188 were suicides. Compared with non-Veterans, Veterans died by suicide more frequently in every age category, with Veterans, between the ages of 18 and 34, dying by suicide 72.1 per 100,000 compared to 12.5 per 100,000 civilians. The majority of Veteran suicides are committed by white men with a firearm. For more information, see the attached infographic.
At this time of year, it is important to remember that the holidays may be a tough time of year for some. Evidence-based treatment—cognitive processing therapy, prolonged exposure, and EMDR (eye movement desensitization and reprocessing) therapy—work and can help Veterans.
UNC-TV recently produced a powerful video interview of Casey McCurdy, a Veteran who tried to die by suicide. Fortunately, he lived.