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Study Finds Soldiers at Increased Suicide Risk After Leaving Hospital

An Army Study to Assess Risk and Resilience in Servicemembers, funded by the National Institutes of Health (NIH), reveals that soldiers who have received inpatient treatment for a psychiatric disorder are at a sharply elevated risk for suicide in the year following hospital discharge. According to an abstract published by JAMA Psychiatry, the yearly rate of suicide for this group was 263.9 per 100,000 soldiers, which was significantly higher than the rate of 18.5 suicides per 100,000 for the regular Army. Researchers also identified the top 5 percent of soldiers with the highest risk of suicide, which accounted for 52.9 percent of post-hospital suicides, accident deaths, suicide attempts and re-hospitalizations, and concluded that expanded post-hospital interventions may be useful for those at increased risk of suicide. For more information, visit the NIH web page.