Report: Canadian Forces Cancer and Mortality Study: Causes of Death
Age-specific analyses indicated that Canadian Forces Cancer and Mortality Study paricipant females aged 40 to 44 were more than twice as likely to die from suicide as their same–age counterparts in the general population. These differences were statistically significant.
HALIFAX -- The Canadian military and Veterans Affairs are trying to understand why current and former female personnel in their early 40s were more than twice as likely to die from suicide as their civilian counterparts.
Groundbreaking research by the two departments and Statistics Canada has shown a statistically higher rate in the number of suicide deaths in female former service personnel between the ages of 40 to 44, compared to their civilian counterparts.
The Canadian Forces Cancer and Mortality Study also found a comparative difference in the suicide rate among women of the same age in the military.
There were 37 suicides by women in all age groups who were serving or released from the military, with 29 occurring among females years after they left the Canadian Forces.
Men ages 16 to 44 who had been released from the military also had a higher risk of death by suicide when compared to the same male civilian age group.
The research also found that people who served from 1972 to 1986 had a greater risk of committing suicide.