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Created with Fabric.js 1.4.5 The United States Military SuicideEpidemic Description: While veterans make up about10% of US adult population,1 in every 5 deaths by suicidenationally is a veteran. An ongoing phenomenon, this epidemic regardsthe high rate of reported suicides among U.S. military veterans, in comparison to the general public to scale proportionally. Demographics(2013): - 42% of military suicides are of Caucasian males ranging from 17 to 24 years old Every day, 22 veterans and 1 active duty soldier takes their life. Veteran Suicide Warning Signals: 1. Feeling ostracized from society2. Medical, financial, and/or relationship problems3. Current or pending disciplinary actions4. Substance abuse5. Difficulty with life transitions like marital or financial6. Loss of a fellow soldier or veteran friend7. Isolation from family or friends8. Nightmares9. Domestic Violence - More than 90% of suicides were male - Around 66% had been deployed, but only 15% saw direct combat Facts: Advice: To close friends and family: Notice whether or notthe patient avoids talking about the war or talksabout it very frequently. Keep note on what theysay about it and how they react to discussion aboutit. Many organizations support veterans and active soldiers at risk of suicide.A hotline to contact for this is called Soldier Suicide at (1-800-273-8255). To the patient beginning to notice the symptoms:Contact a psychologist, talk to your friendsor family about what you are feeling. 20%80%
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