Military suicide: Often young, White men with guns

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    The Pentagon released final data on military suicides during 2012, painting a general picture of those more likely to take their own lives: Young, White men who used a gun and often had some history of mental health issues.

    — Almost 93 percent were male

    — 74 percent were White

    — Almost 40 percent were between 17-24

    — 65 percent used a firearm; almost 76 percent of those used a gun that was not issued by the military

    — 25 percent died of asphyxiation, including hanging

    — More than 33 percent tested positive for alcohol use; about 24 percent tested positive for drugs

    — 55 percent of unsuccessful suicide attempts involved drugs

    — 42 percent had a history of some type of behavioral health diagnosis

    — More than 28 percent had talked about harming themselves prior to the suicide

    — 40 percent reported family or relationship stress in the 90 days prior to suicide;  32 percent reported financial or work stress

    — 57 percent had been deployed

    — 47 percent had been deployed to the Iraq or Afghanistan wars

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