YOUNG U.S. veterans are four times more likely to commit suicide than nonveterans in the same age group, and a new APHA book hopes to provide researchers with more information on the issue.
"Veteran Suicide: A Public Health Imperative," is expected to be available this month. The book is a compilation of studies that were presented in a March 2012 special supplement to APHA's American Journal of Public Health. It also includes new research.
"We are incredibly proud of the work put forward in the supplement," said Robert Bossarte, PhD, who works with the Department of Veterans Affairs on suicide prevention programs. "I think this is a matter of dissemination and raising awareness of a lot of the good research that's going on in the content area."
Bossarte, an APHA member, authored and assisted with editing a number of the studies in the March 2012 supplement and wrote the introduction to the new book. He said he sees the audience for the book to be broader than just those who might have seen the supplement. Policymakers, communities and community health partners could all benefit from an increased understanding of the issues surrounding suicide and military veterans.
Interest in veterans and suicide, and the possible connection between military service and suicide, has increased recently, according to Ira Katz, MD, PhD, who authored an editorial in the March 2012 …