A tragic pattern is emerging: Suicides in the armed forces jumped by 15 percent in 2020 — from 504 suicides in 2019 to 580 the following year.

As many as two-thirds of the veterans who take their own lives are terribly disconnected and have had no contact with the Department Veterans Affairs (VA) network of services and supports. Researchers have identified such social isolation as “arguably the strongest and most reliable predictor of suicidal ideation, [suicide] attempts and lethal suicidal behavior,” according to the VA. (Continue Reading here…)

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