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Suicide rate among military veterans is an ‘epidemic of our time’, former Army head warns

Suicide rate among military veterans is an ‘epidemic of our time’, former Army head General Lord Dannatt has warned

  • Charities fear ‘more than 500 veterans killed themselves since start of last year’
  • Former Army chief calls ex-serviceman suicide rate an ‘epidemic of our time’
  • General Lord Dannatt hit out at coroners’ service for not keeping record of rates

Suicide among veterans has become an ‘epidemic of our time’, the former head of the Army said yesterday. 

Military charities fear 519 veterans have killed themselves since the start of last year, although there is no concrete figure to support this. 

The Government has been criticised for not recording the suicide rates of former servicemen.

General Lord Dannatt, 68, criticised the coroners’ service for not keeping a record of the figures. Suicide among veterans has become an ‘epidemic of our time’, he said yesterday

Speaking at a charity event at Fort Cumberland in Portsmouth, General Lord Dannatt said: ‘This is an epidemic of our time… and the downside of social media, which can bring a lot of unwanted additional pressure on people.

General Lord Dannatt, 68, criticised the coroners’ service for not keeping a record of the figures. 

He said he had pushed for it in the House of Lords, adding: ‘I find it quite extraordinary that that has not been the case.’

A Government spokesman said: ‘We take the wellbeing of those who have served extremely seriously… every part of England now has a dedicated mental health service for veterans.’

For confidential support call the Samaritans on 116123 or visit www.samaritans.org.

Military charities fear 519 veterans have killed themselves since the start of last year, although there is no concrete figure to support this [File photo]

Military charities fear 519 veterans have killed themselves since the start of last year, although there is no concrete figure to support this [File photo]

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