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New State-Level Veteran Suicide Data Released by VA

By Josh Mitchell/Corinth Today

New state-level data on veteran suicides was released Monday by the VA.

There were 58 veteran suicides in Mississippi in 2015 compared to 61 in 2014, the report shows.

There were a total of 414 suicides in Mississippi in 2015 compared to 373 in 2014, the report adds.

The Mississippi veteran suicide rate was about the same as the national veteran suicide rate.

The veteran suicide rate in Mississippi was significantly higher than the national rate for all suicides.

Suicide is a “complex public health issue,” and the VA say it is “leading efforts nationwide to understand suicide risk factors, develop evidence-based strategies and identify and care for veterans who may be at risk for suicide.”

Veterans who are in crisis or having thoughts of suicide, and those who know a veteran in crisis, should call the Veterans Crisis Line for confidential support 24 hours a day, seven days a week, 365 days a year at 800-273-8255 and press 1, chat online at VeteransCrisisLine.net/Chat, or send a text message to 838255.

For suicide prevention information click here.

For a list of suicide warning signs and what to do when those appear click here.

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