Veteran suicide is topic of Niles forum

NILES, Ohio (WKBN) – Statistics show that suicide among veterans is three times higher than the general population.

In a 2012 study by the Department of Veteran Affairs, roughly 22.2 percent of all suicides from states that noted veteran status involved a victim with a record of military service.

DVA suicide data report

Health professionals addressed a group gathered at Ciminero’s Banquet Center in Niles Tuesday to explore the issue.

Experts talked about veterans that have post-traumatic stress issues and how family members can help them cope.

“Family members are going to notice many changes with their loved ones, and they themselves need to get help sometimes because of mood issues, anger response, those kinds of thing,” said April Caraway, executive director Trumbull County Mental Health and Recovery Board. “We are trying to promote help for the whole family and the veteran.”

Only 22 states, including Ohio, keep track of suicides that involve veterans.

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