Military Deployments, Cleared?

No connection was found between suicide and deployment overseas in support of wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, according to new research published in JAMA Psychiatry.

This largest study to date of a rising suicide rate among military personnel was prompted by a military suicide rate that has nearly doubled since 2005.

“As the wars went on, the suicide rates also went up and it was very tempting to assume deployments must be the reason,” said lead author Mark Reger of the Department of Defense National Center for Telehealth and Technology in Tacoma, Wash. “Our data don’t support that. But there may be important subgroups, including those exposed to combat, that we need to look at further.”

The New York Times

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