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Veterans campaigners call for coroners to catalogue suicides

13 Oct 2018 The Daily Telegraph

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...

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