People who have served in the armed forces in the past 50 years are not at greater risk of suicide than those who have not, according to a new study.
However, there is an increased risk in certain groups, the University of Glasgow research found.
Overall, veterans were at no greater risk than the general public, whilst both Falklands and Gulf War veterans had a lower risk of suicide.
The team studied veterans in Scotland who served between 1960 and 2012.
The study compared suicide risk among 56,205 veterans born between 1945 and 1985 with 172,741 matched non-veterans.
While overall there was no significant difference in the figures for veterans and non-veterans, the risk increased for:
- Older veterans, particularly those aged in their 40s and 50s.
- Women who joined the armed forces before 1992
- People who left service early
Young veterans were not found to be at increased risk – a finding at odds with an earlier study by the Centre for Suicide Prevention which suggested that ex-servicemen under the age of 24 had a much higher rate of suicide.
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