Suicide Prevention or Suicide Protection: Understanding Every Organization’s Unique Role
In 2020, suicide was the second most common cause of death for veterans under the age of 45.
Although the suicide rate for veterans has decreased slightly since 2018, the rate remains high. Over the past 10 years, among active duty service members, the suicide rate has increased among active duty service members. During the same period, the rate has remained steady for National Guard and Reserve personnel. And we see this trend despite considerable investment to address the problem.
People who create nonprofits or programming for veterans and service members are motivated by a desire to eliminate suicide among those populations. When organizations are able to distinguish between suicide protection and suicide prevention, they better understand their role in the fight against suicide.