Mental Health Statistics Within The Military Community
Military Families Still Facing Mental Health Barriers
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.
Military Dependent Stats
The statistics in the most recent (2019) Military Family reported suicide deaths are staggering. In 2019, there were 202 reported suicide deaths among military family members with 41 of those family members also Service members at the time of their death. 72 Military dependents between the ages of 12-23 died by suicide in 2019.
Military Personnel Stats
There were 580 deaths by suicide among service members in 2020, which is up from 498 in 2019.
This is how they break down:
Army: 175 deaths at 36.4-per-100,000 soldiers.
Navy: 66 deaths at 19.3-per-100,000 sailors.
Marine Corps: 62 deaths at 33.9-per-100,000 Marines.
Air/Space Force: 81 deaths at 24.3-per-1,000 airmen/guardians.
If you are in a crisis, PLEASE reach out to any of the numbers below!! Remember, you are NOT alone! #YOUMATTER
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