This Statistical Notice provides statistics on suicide and open verdict deaths among the UK regular Armed Forces,
Following external consultation in February 2013 to ensure these statistics continue to meet user needs, the notice now provides numbers and rates for the latest 20-year period with all time trend graphs presenting rates since the start of data collection in 1984. As suicide is a rare event, this will provide a balance between presenting analysis for a sufficient time period from which to provide meaningful data with the need to monitor the impact of MOD policy.
The following information was added on 17th October 2011.
DASA have undertaken a review of all Armed Forces personnel data from the Joint Personnel Administration (JPA) system which has resulted in small changes to Armed Forces strength data from April 2006 to April 2009 (inclusive). These revised strength figures were published for the first time in September 2011 in DASA's annual publication, UK Defence Statistics. DASA is continuing to review JPA data post April 2009.
The National Statistic publication 'Suicide and Open Verdict Deaths in the UK Regular Armed Forces' was released before the completion of this review and strength data (used in this publication to calculate Standard Mortality Ratios, SMRs) are noted as provisional and subject to review. Armed Forces suicide and open verdict deaths information included in UK Defence Statistics (Tables 3.5 to 3.6) present SMRs using the finalised JPA strengths and is therefore the most recent information available. The next edition of the National Statistic publication 'Suicide and Open Verdict Deaths in the UK Regular Armed Forces' will be released in March 2012 and will incorporate the finalised JPA strengths figures (for data up till April 2009) in presenting trends during 1984-2011.
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