Self Harm By Veterans Linked To Length Of Service

Posted on August 31, 2018

Overall the risk to veterans with brief service increased by 30%. But for those who left service before completing their initial training the risk soared by 70%. In comparison people who had served for longest were at 60% reduced risk. The study found that there was an increased risk in both the youngest veterans and in middle-aged people. Although young women usually have a higher risk of self-harm than men, the research did not show any significant increase in risk in women veterans. Lead researcher Dr Beverly Bergman said: “This is an important study which provides the first insight into an important area of veterans’ mental health. Although overall the veterans were at increased risk of self-harm, the risk reduced steadily with longer service, which suggests that the biggest risk factors come from people’s pre-service life and that longer military service is protective.”

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