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Members of Canadian Forces more likely to die by suicide: report

Report released today says 18 members of the Canadian Forces died by suicide last year


 
Canadian Army instructors discuss mechanized infantry defence tactics with their Ukrainian Armed Forces colleagues during Exercise RAPID TRIDENT in Starychi, Ukraine on June 30, 2016. (Joint Task Force Ukraine)

Canadian Army instructors discuss mechanized infantry defence tactics with their Ukrainian Armed Forces colleagues during Exercise RAPID TRIDENT in Starychi, Ukraine on June 30, 2016. (Joint Task Force Ukraine)

OTTAWA – The Canadian military says 18 service members died by suicide last year.

The findings are contained in a report published today by the surgeon general of the Canadian Armed Forces.

The report says many of the 18 had sought some type of mental-health treatment shortly before taking their own lives.

It also concludes that army members were more likely to kill themselves than members of the general population, as well as fellow service members in the navy and air force.

The report finds that the likelihood of a Canadian Forces member taking his or her own life was even higher if the person had been deployed on a mission overseas.

The military has been struggling with how to deal with mental-health injuries among its soldiers, with attempts to increase services and ease the transition to civilian life introduced in recent years.

The Canadian Forces report on military suicides in 2015, by the numbers:

14: Suicides involving men serving full-time in 2015

64.3: Percentage of that total who had more than one mental health injury or disorder

78.6: Percentage who had accessed more than one type of health service, including primary health care, mental health assistance or addiction counselling

1: Suicides involving women serving full-time in 2015

3: Suicides involving reservists in 2015

253: Suicides involving full-time service members between 1995 and 2015

197: Suicides involving full-time service members between 2000 and 2015

158: Canadian Forces personnel killed in Afghanistan between 2001 and 2014


 

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