Suicide is a leading cause of death among US military members. Now a new study looks at contributing factors.
Experts at the Naval Health Research Center in San Diego studied more than 150,000 military personnel from all service branches. They learned there were 83 military suicides in a recent 7 year period.
But they were surprised to find that among those tragedies, it was not combat experience or the number of days deployed that increased the risk for suicide.
Instead, they found the military men who were most at risk, were those who were already depressed or had alcohol-related problems.
The study is published in the Journal of the American Medical Association.
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