Suicides elevated to a three-decade excessive within the Air Force final yr, at the same time as different departments within the army noticed their numbers dwindle or stabilize, in response to preliminary information collected by the Related Press.
The Air Force had 84 suicides among active-duty members in 2019, up from 60 the yr earlier than. The rise follows 5 years of relative stability. Throughout that point, the Air Force’s annual totals have been between 60 and 64 suicides. Knowledge compiled by the Pentagon and the Air Force confirmed that 64 suicides in 2015 had been the best for the Air Force this century.
Official figures gained’t be revealed till later this yr and will fluctuate barely from preliminary information.
“Suicide is a troublesome nationwide downside with out simply identifiable options which have the total consideration of management,” Lt. Gen. Brian Kelly, the Air Force’s deputy chief of employees for manpower, personnel and companies, mentioned in a press release to the AP final week.
Whereas suicide is commonly attributed to stress-related deployment to fight zones, a research revealed by The “Journal of the American Medical Affiliation” in 2013 famous that fight expertise had little to do with a rise in suicides. The research discovered that different elements, akin to binge consuming and bi-polar dysfunction have been to extra prone to result in suicide.
The Air Force will publish its official findings later this yr, the AP mentioned.