Colorado Army National Guard


The rate of suicide among military personnel has more than doubled since 2005. A new study released this week in the medical journal JAMA Psychiatry found no connection between suicide and deployment.

The study looked at military members who served since the latest conflicts in Iraq and Afghanistan, and found elevated rates of suicide for those with less than four years of service and had received an other-than-honorable discharge.

Jefferson County Community Services Office

The Pentagon may spend millions towards suicide prevention programs for our military. But smaller-scale programs meant to help those outside the military also exist around the nation. WRVO's Julia Botero speaks to Timothy Ruetten from the Jefferson County Community Services Office about a coalition of mental health agencies, school officials and nonprofits  that work together to make sure they're up to date on the best ways to reduce and prevent suicides in Jefferson County.



The Pentagon has spent hundreds of millions of dollars to help struggling soldiers, but numbers show these efforts have done little to stop the 22 veterans who commit suicide every day.

President Barack Obama has vowed to do more to stop what he has called "an epidemic" of suicides in our military.

There is a bill in Congress that aims to provide more mental health services to veterans, but some think it won't do much.

Julia Botero / WRVO


Since 2001, more active-duty American soldiers have killed themselves than were killed in Afghanistan.

President Barack Obama acknowledged the soaring suicide rate in the United States military in a speech in North Carolina last summer. Obama said, "We have to end this tragedy of suicide among our troops and veterans. As a country, we can't stand idly by on such tragedy, so we're doing even more.”

New York state Office of Mental Health

New York state has one of the lowest suicide rates in the nation. But, that still translated into more than 1,600 deaths in 2011, and upstate rural communities have been identified as the most at risk.

Now the state Office of Mental Health has released a free iPhone app designed to extend the reach of their suicide prevention initiative.

Stand Against Suicide

Some central New Yorkers are taking a Stand Against Suicide. An Elbridge-based organization is trying to raise awareness about the risks of mental illness that can sometimes lead to suicide.