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National Veteran Suicide Data: 2015 Update

The updated National Suicide Data Report (formerly the “Suicide Among Veterans and Other Americans Report”) is now available with data through 2015.

As the largest national analysis of Veteran suicide rates, this report examines:

  • Veteran suicide rates by age, gender, means, and more.
  • Suicide rates in the Veteran population compared to the non-Veteran population.
  • Suicide rates among Veterans who use VHA health care compared to those that do not.

VA has made suicide prevention its No. 1 clinical priority and uses these data to continually improve and tailor suicide prevention strategies and initiatives. VA’s Office of Mental Health and Suicide Prevention has implemented significant suicide prevention initiatives in recent years and months, including the expansion of the Veterans Crisis Line, implementation of the Joint Action Plan, launch of S.A.V.E. suicide prevention training, development of the National Strategy for Preventing Veteran Suicide, and more. Learn more about how you can support Veteran suicide prevention efforts and access resources at www.mentalhealth.va.gov/suicide_prevention/.

The report was last updated in August 2017, examining more than 55 million records from 1979 to 2014.

View and download the updated report below.

2015 National Suicide Data Report

Downloadable PDF (New — updated June 2018)

2015 Data Release Frequently Asked Questions

Downloadable PDF (New — updated June 2018)

State-Level Veteran Suicide Data: 2015 Update

State-level suicide findings are now available as part of the 2015 National Suicide Data Report. The state data sheets are a critical tool to help VA and state-level partners design and execute the most effective suicide prevention strategies.

The state data sheets include:

  • Suicide deaths among Veterans in each state
  • Suicide rates by age group
  • Suicide deaths by method compared to regional and national data

VA works continually with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the Department of Defense (DoD) to obtain and report the most detailed data possible from the National Death Index (NDI). Since publishing the 2014 state data sheets, VA has made strides in its ability to examine the data with more granularity. So, in addition to publishing new 2015 state data sheets, VA has also updated the 2014 state data sheets to reflect these enhancements and offer the most precise Veteran suicide rates for each state.

In the updated 2014 and 2015 state data sheets, the Veteran suicide counts and rates cited are lower than those provided in previous versions. This is because the updated sheets reflect the latest NDI data and do not include the deaths by suicide of National Guard members and Reservists, which previous versions counted. These updated sheets:

  • Reflect the most precise suicide counts and rates possible
  • Enable VA to better understand suicide risk among subpopulations
  • Allow VA to accurately compare states’ suicide rates to regional and national rates

It’s important to note that suicide is a complex issue with a multitude of contributing factors — and there is no single explanation for disparities in Veteran suicide rates across different states. The varying characteristics of a state’s Veteran population – like demographics, unemployment rates, or firearm policy — make it difficult to compare Veteran suicide rates between states.

Outreach Materials

You can make a difference to Veterans and Servicemembers in your community who may be at risk for suicide. Learn how you can help: 

Suicide Prevention Community Support Handout

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Please note, these are archived data. Both the 2014 National Suicide Data Report and 2014 State Data Sheets have since been updated. Scroll up to the top of this page for the most recent versions.

2014 National Suicide Data Report

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2014 State Data Sheets

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This file includes all data sheets for the 50 states, Puerto Rico, and the District of Columbia. Click below to access the individual data sheets.