Veterans and Active Duty

Veterans and Active Duty

Nationally and in Ohio, Military Members & Veterans are at an increased risk of suicide as compared to their peers. For more information regarding mental health of Veterans and active duty members please contact our Veteran’s Liaison, Jason Hughes.
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In 2018, Veterans accounted for a lower proportion of suicide deaths among U.S. adults than in prior years.**

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Percentage of Ohioans who died by suicide in 2018 who were Veterans.*

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From 2017 to 2018, the average number of Veteran suicides per day rose from 17.5 to 17.6.**

Ohio Veteran Suicides – Age Group (18-34)*

Ohio Veterans died by suicide.*

* Ohio – Veteran Suicide Data Sheet, 2018
** 2020 National Veteran Suicide Prevention Annual Report


Despite these statistics, we know that suicide can be prevented and individuals in crisis can be supported and connected with effective mental health services. OSPF seeks to equip and empower military members, veterans, their families, and those serving them with the knowledge to identify the warning signs of suicide, confidence to ask about thoughts of suicide, and ability to refer to mental health providers with competence in military culture. OSPF also works with Ohio’s National Guard (ONG) and military-serving organizations across Ohio to promote greater understanding and awareness of mental health and suicide prevention.

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