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Army suicide attempts are most likely among enlisted soldiers on first tour of duty and female soldiers, US study finds

BMJ 2015; 351 doi: (Published 09 July 2015) Cite this as: BMJ 2015;351:h3702
  1. Jacqui Wise
  1. 1London

Enlisted soldiers in their first tour of duty are the most likely to attempt suicide, says an analysis of US army data published in JAMA Psychiatry.1 The risk was particularly high among soldiers with a recent mental health diagnosis, the longitudinal retrospective cohort study found.

In recent years the rate of suicide attempts in the US army has increased sharply during the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq. The researchers looked at the records of 975 057 regular …

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