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Mental Health Statistics Within The Military Community

"We cannot bring back those we have lost, but we hope that we can in some way honor their memory by doing more — right now — to prevent future tragedies from suicide among our wider DOD family."
- Sarah Otto, OHF President & Co-Founder

Chronically high stress levels have been associated with higher rates of physical and psychological issues,⁴ and repeated separations and associated stress may impact spouses’ physical and mental health. Fewer than half (42%) of active-duty spouse respondents agree that their health is excellent. While two-thirds of active-duty spouse respondents (67%) report they do not have a current mental health diagnosis, 25% report a current diagnosis of generalized anxiety disorder (GAD), which is much higher than the estimated levels of GAD in the overall population.⁵ Higher than estimated civilian levels⁶ of post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) (8%) are also self-reported.

5% of active duty spouse respondents said that they considered suicide within the past year.

Per the 2021 Blue Star Families Survey, Families still experience barriers to mental health care; despite increased use of telehealth services, active-duty family member respondents continue to report difficulty scheduling appointments, difficulty getting time off work for treatment, difficulty finding child care, and concerns about confidentiality.

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Military Family Stats

Military Spouses 

133 military spouses who died by suicide in 2020, with 79%  under the age of 40, with the majority being female.

Military Dependents 

69 military dependents died by suicide in 2020. The majority were male and under the age of 18. 37% were between the ages of 18-23.

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Military Personnel & Veteran Stats

Active Duty, National Guard, Reserves

In total, 519 active-duty, National Guard and Reserve troops died by suicide in 2021 — down from 580 in 2020.

Veterans

2020 shows a decrease in suicide among Veterans from 2019. In total, 6146 Veterans died by suicide in 2020, 343 fewer than in 2019. The decrease, reflecting the lowest number of Veteran suicides, since 2007, provides hope and motivation for continued prevention efforts.

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If you are in a crisis, PLEASE reach out to any of the numbers below!! Remember, you are NOT alone! #YOUMATTER

Ohana Homefront: (804) 214-2763

Military Crisis Hotline: 1-800-273-8255 (Option 1)

Military Crisis Text Chat: Text START to 678678

DOD Sexual Assault Hotline: 1-877-995-5247

VA Caregiver Support Line: 1-855-260-3274

Military OneSource: 1-800-342-9647

Call Center for Homeless Veterans: 1-877-424-3838

Wounded Warrior Call Center: 1-800-487-6299

Abuse Hotline: 1-800-799-7233

Drug/Alcohol Hotline: 1-877-235-4525