The new suicide prevention minister must end the “betrayal” of military veterans over the Government’s failure to record the number of former servicemen who take their own lives, campaigners have said.
Armed Forces groups, relatives of soldiers who have killed themselves and a serving coroner are backing calls for a comprehensive record to be kept to establish the extent of mental health problems following military action.
Jackie Doyle-Price, who was last week appointed the world’s first minister for suicide prevention, is being urged to bring the UK into line with allies that monitor ex-military personnel for life.
While the US and Canada hold statistics on former servicemen who kill themselves and have found the rates higher compared to civilians, no such database exists in the UK.
All Call Signs, a group helping veterans struggling with mental health issues, claim this year alone 47 former or serving servicemen and women have taken their lives.
The want the new minister to drive through reforms to make coroners register whether anyone who committed suicide was ever in the Armed Services.