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Medical News & Perspectives
March 18, 2009

Soldier Suicide Rates Continue to Rise

JAMA. 2009;301(11):1111-1113. doi:10.1001/jama.2009.342

Suicides among active-duty soldiers in the US Army reached a 28-year high in 2008, continuing a 4-year trend that has persisted despite ongoing military efforts to curb such deaths.

In the face of these grim statistics, Army leaders are redoubling their efforts to address this problem and have recruited scientists at the National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH) to probe the underlying causes of suicide in this population and identify effective interventions.