The Globe and Mail (BC Edition) - - EDITORIAL -

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.

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