Canadian veterans are at “significantly higher risk” of death by suicide than the general public, according to a first of its kind federal study that found young male veterans, and female veterans overall, are at the highest risk.
Male veterans had a 36 per cent higher risk of death by suicide than the general population, while female veterans had an 81 per cent higher risk than the general population.
Male veterans are 1.4 times more likely to die by suicide compared to the general male population.
Female veterans have an 1.8 times higher risk of death by suicide compared to the general female population.
Young male veterans are at the highest risk. Male veterans under 25 years of age have a 242 per cent higher risk of death by suicide compared to the general population of males younger than 25.