The Department of Defense has released the Quarterly Suicide Report (QSR) for the third quarter of calendar year 2015.
The report summarizes confirmed suicide counts for all services and components during the months of July through September 2015, and also includes total suicide counts for calendar years 2012, 2013 and 2014.
In the third quarter of 2015, there were 72 suicides among service members in the active component, and 70 suicides in the reserve component, which includes 38 suicides among reserve service members and 32 suicides among service members in the National Guard.
This means 142 service members took their own lives between the beginning of July and the end of September. That’s 142 in 92 days, or approximately 1.5 every day.
There are still no absolutely reliable figures on how many separated veterans are committing suicide, so we will continue to stick with the VA’s estimate of 22 per day.