As people age, they sometimes become more prone to depression. It is important not to overlook symptoms of depression, which include losing interest in hobbies, withdrawal from relationships, and thoughts or verbal comments about committing suicide.
It isn’t just vets, for the most pronounced increases in a recent study show that suicide rates increased by 50-percent for men in their fifties.
“It is the baby boomer group where we see the highest rates of suicide,” said Ileana Arias, the Center For Disease Control’s deputy director.
The Veterans Crisis Line connects Veterans in crisis and their families and friends with qualified, caring Department of Veterans Affairs responders through a confidential toll-free hotline, online chat, or text. Veterans and their loved ones can call 1-800-273-8255 and Press 1, chat online, or send a text message to 838255 to receive confidential support 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year. Support for deaf and hard of hearing individuals is available.