PREVENTION FOR EVERYONE
Without minimizing the tragedies of each suicide, and the disastrous effects on family members and friends, the recent loss of 15 military members should be kept in perspective( Defence Department Reports 15 Suicide s Last Year Despite New Preventative Measures, Jan. 10).
The rate of suicides for males in
Canada is 17.9 per 100,000, females 5.3 per 100,000, according to Statistics Canada. With regular forces of 70,000, plus reserve forces of 30,000, of which 15 per cent are female, it seems the rate in the military is not much different from that in the general population. The only reason to point this out is that research into causes and prevention should not be limited to the military, but is urgently needed for the general population. John Cocker Stouffville, Ont.