Veterans account for 11.5% of New York State suicides. The rate of suicide among this population continues to increase, reaching 29.1 per 100,000 population in 2014, with the highest rate among young veterans 18-34 years old (64.5 per 100,000 population). Some of the factors that contribute to higher risk include deployment, co-occurring mental health conditions, alcohol or other drug use, and time away from family.
Nationally, suicide rates are higher among those who do not access services within the Veterans Health Administration (VHA). While many receive services within the New York State VHA, some are not eligible or choose not to access these services.
If you are a veteran in crisis, please call the Veterans Crisis Line at 1-800-273-8255 (PRESS #1).
- Veterans Crisis Line
- VA Suicide Prevention Coordinators in New York State
- New York-based VA facilities
- Suicide Prevention Tools for Warriors
- Make the Connection to help veterans and their families connect with other veterans to confront the challenges of transitioning from service, dealing with health issues, or navigating daily life as a civilian.