More than 50,000 veterans have died from suicide since the onset of the opioid crisis, and many of those suicides were preventable, according to a new study.
The authors of the new study found that a lack of resources, lack of access to health care, and inadequate training and mentoring are all contributing factors to the problem.
The study found, for instance, that more than 10,000 men have tried to commit suicide in the past year alone in the United States.
That number could be higher because the researchers were unable to determine the exact number of suicides among veterans who were in the VA’s Health Care Management System, which includes mental health clinics and hospitals, and the VA health system in general.
But the study did find that the Veterans Administration had a higher suicide rate among veterans with mental health issues, which is consistent with previous studies.
“It’s a tragedy, but it’s also a reality, and we need to do something about it,” said the study’s lead author, William R. Smith, PhD, a professor of medicine and psychiatry at the University of Texas Health Science Center in Houston.
“A lot of these suicides are caused by stress, and it’s a huge problem for a lot of vets,” Smith said.
“We need to get a lot better at keeping veterans in the hospital, and that’s a long-term solution.”
The researchers examined data from the VA Health Care Administration’s data system from 2015 to 2017, which collected information on suicide rates among veterans.
They identified the VA system’s data on veteran suicides and then compared that to the national suicide rate from 2016 to 2018.
This allowed them to see if VA suicide rates were increasing, or decreasing, over time.
The results showed that the suicide rate of veterans increased by more than 400 percent in that time period, even though the VA had no data on the number of veterans who had attempted suicide.
For veterans, mental health conditions also have a direct effect on their likelihood of taking their own lives.
Suicide is the second leading cause of death among those ages 18 to 24 in the U.S. in 2017, according a report by the National Institute on Drug Abuse.
About 8,000 vets are in a VA hospital, but less than half of them receive mental health care.
Many veterans have attempted suicide because of physical or emotional problems, and they are also at high risk of suicide if they have other health issues.
“The VA is a great system, but we need better data on veterans,” Smith told ABC News.
“We need better systems that track and collect these data.
But I also know that if I can get the VA data to be as accurate as possible, I can actually save lives.”
The study also found that veterans with disabilities are more likely to attempt suicide than veterans without disabilities.
The VA’s Department of Veterans Affairs also is trying to improve data collection, as well as make it easier for veterans to report their mental health problems.
However, some veterans say the system still lacks some basic information, such as the VA name of the mental health clinic where the veterans are receiving care.
“There are so many veterans that don’t have that information, and so they don’t report it,” Smith, who was not involved in the research, said.
The findings were published in the Journal of American Psychiatry.