Healthcare Roundup—VA: Suicide rate increases among veterans

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The suicide rate increased faster among veterans who had not recently used Veterans Health Administration healthcare than among those who had, officials said. (vadimguzhva)

New data released by the Department of Veterans Affairs on Monday shows suicide rates for veterans have increased over the last decade. The report comes just weeks after the issue of suicide gained renewed attention as a public health concern following the release of Centers for Disease Control and Prevention data showing stark increases in suicides among civilians.

According to the analysis, which is part of the VA’s comprehensive examination of more than 55 million death records between 2005 and 2015, the average number of veterans who died by suicide each day remained unchanged at 20.

The suicide rate increased faster among veterans who had not recently used Veterans Health Administration healthcare than among those who had, officials said. (Release

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