Suicide prevetnion for special populations
People facing suicide may have specific risk factors for the lives they live. While there are many studies into these, there is a distinct pattern of experiences with interpersonal violence and trauma that can be tied with an increased risk of suicidality.
Active Military and Veterans
In 2020, the age- and sex-adjusted rate of suicide for Veterans was 57.3% greater than non-Veteran adults.
However, the number of Veteran suicides per year decreased in both 2019 and 2020.
The office of Veteran Affairs offers many services to help Veterans who are struggling.
www.MakeTheConnection.net offers inspiring stories from Veterans about treatments that work and explore mental health resources.
www.sound-off.com is another resource for Veterans that offers fast, easy, confidential support in connecting with mental health professionals and peer-support online for those who are struggling.
First Responders (EMS, Fire, Law Enforcement)
First responders face many traumatic events in their line of work, and there is often not enough time to fully address these experiences before the next call they respond to. This repeated exposure can result in a sinister build up of negative emotions, putting them at an increased risk of suicidality.
People who identify as Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, or other gender/sexual identities face specific risk factors for suicide.