'A national emergency': suicide rate spikes among young US veterans

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Concern over former troops aged 18-34 – many of whom served in Iraq and Afghanistan – as overall rate falls slightly

Suicide rates have jumped substantially among young military veterans, according to new data from the US Department of Veterans Affairs.

Veterans aged 18 to 34 have higher rates of suicide than any other age group, the VA says in its National Suicide Data Report. The rate for those young veterans increased to 45 suicide deaths per 100,000 population in 2016, up from 40.4 in 2015, even as the overall veteran suicide rate decreased slightly, according to a copy of the report reviewed by the Guardian.

Related: US suicide rate has risen nearly 30% since 1999, federal study finds

In the UK, Samaritans can be contacted on 116 123 or email jo@samaritans.org. In the US, the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline is 1-800-273-8255. In Australia, the crisis support service Lifeline is 13 11 14. Other international suicide helplines can be found at www.befrienders.org.

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