U.S. Army Active (AC) and Reserve Component (RC) - The Surveillance of Suicidal Behavior Publication (SSBP) among AC and RC (including National Guard and Reserve) Soldiers reports on the frequency and characteristics of suicidal behavior during calendar year 2018 using multiple data sources stored in the Army Behavioral Health Integrated Data Environment (ABHIDE).
In the Active Component (AC), there were 30 suicides, 98 suicide attempts, and 742 suicidal ideations per 100,000 U.S. Army Soldiers. Suicide rates for Reserve Component (RC) Soldiers were 38 per 100,000 Army National Guard (ARNG) Soldiers and 26 per 100,000 U.S. Army Reserve (USAR) Soldiers, including both activated and nonactivated Soldiers. There were 90 attempts and 696 ideations per 100,000 activated ARNG Soldiers and 695 ideations per 100,000 activated USAR Soldiers. Risk of suicide remains high among enlisted AC and ARNG Soldiers and those 17 to 24 years of age. The groups at greatest risk for attempt and ideation (women, aged 17 to 24, and junior enlisted) were similar across components. AC Black and American Indian and activated ARNG Black Soldiers had the highest risk for attempt and ideation. These findings highlight the importance of implementing suicide prevention programs across all components. Please click on the image to the left for access to the 2018 SSBP.