Research to Examine Effects of Suicide on Veterans, Military Families

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Researchers at the University of Kentucky are investigating the incidence of suicide exposure and consequences of suicide bereavement on military families and veterans. This study is actually first of its kind. The suicide bereaved are those who have lost a loved one or a family member, fellow veterans and or friends.

There is a certain amount of  evidence that people exposed to suicide are at risk for poor health outcomes, social and economic problems, and their own suicidal thinking and behaviors, says principal investigator Julie Cerel, associate professor in the UK College of Social Work.

The Department of Veterans Affairs estimates that a veteran takes his or her own life about once every 80 minutes on average, accounting for some 6,500 suicides per year, nearly 20 percent of all suicides in the United States.


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