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A quick look at some facts about suicide in the Canadian Forces

11/28/2013 06:08 EST | Updated 01/28/2014 05:59 EST
OTTAWA - Some facts about suicide in the Canadian Forces:

— In 2011, the year Canada completed its combat mission in Afghanistan, 22 soldiers committed suicide, says a Forces study from March 2013.

— In 2012, there were 13 suicides, the report said.

— The report dealt only with suicides among members of the regular forces, not reservists, even though many reservists fought in Afghanistan.

— The military says suicides among reservists are generally handled outside the military system.

— A 2011 study by Statistics Canada and the Defence Department found that among soldiers released from the military, the risk of suicide was about one and a half times higher than in the general male population.

— In the United States, 349 active and reserve soldiers killed themselves in 2012, up from 301 in 2011.