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2017 Report on Suicide Mortality in the Canadian Armed Forces (1995 to 2016)

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In order to better understand suicide in the CAF and refine ongoing suicide prevention efforts, the Directorate of Force Health Protection (DFHP) and the Directorate of Mental Health (DMH) regularly conduct analyses to examine suicide rates and the relationship between suicide, deployment and other potential suicide risk factors. [...] It describes the epidemiology of Regular Force males that died by suicide between 1995 and 2016, with an additional focus on the risk factors associated with the Regular Force males that died by suicide in 2016. [...] In response to these concerns, the CAF began an active suicide mortality surveillance program to determine the rate of suicide among CAF personnel overall in comparison to the Canadian General Population (CGP), as well as the rate of suicide in those personnel with a history of deployment compared to those without such a history. [...] Historically, reports on suicide produced by the Epidemiology section of the Directorate of Force Health Protection have focused on the surveillance and epidemiology of suicide within the CAF. [...] This report provides a more in-depth analysis of the variation of suicide rates by environmental command, as well as information on the mechanisms and underlying risk factors that may have contributed to the Regular Force male suicides that took place in 2016 based on an assessment of the Medical Professional Technical Suicide Reviews (MPTSRs).

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