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Suicide rates double among US soldiers between 2004 and 2009, research shows

BMJ 2014; 348 doi: (Published 06 March 2014) Cite this as: BMJ 2014;348:g1987
  1. Michael McCarthy
  1. 1Seattle, USA

Suicide rates among US army soldiers rose between 2004 and 2009 among those who were and were not deployed to combat theaters, according to one of three new studies that looked at the rates of mental health disorders and suicide among US service men and women.

The articles are the first to report data from the largest mental health risk study ever conducted in US military personnel.

The study, the Army Study to Assess Risk and Resilience in Service Members (Army STARRS), was commissioned in response to reports of rising suicide rates among US military personnel and is jointly funded by the Department of the Army and the National Institute of Mental Health. The studies were published online by the journal JAMA Psychiatry on 3 March.

In the first study, Michael Schoenbaum, from the National Institute of Mental Health, and colleagues looked at suicide …

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