Fact: The actual rate of suicide in the Australian Defence Forces is lower than in the general population

The 2010 ADF Mental Health Prevalence and Wellbeing Study has identified that suicidal ideation and making a plan to suicide is higher in the ADF than the general population but the actual rate of suicide is lower. This suggests that there are protective factors that assist serving personnel to seek care.  It is important that ex-serving personnel also understand the range of support options available to them.

Hodson, S.E. McFarlane, A.C., Van Hooff, M. & Davies, C. (2011) Mental Health in the Australian Defence Force 2010 ADF Mental Health Prevalence and Wellbeing Study Executive Report accessible at http://www.defence.gov.au/DMH