We all need to address the suicide issue within our ranks, which is alarmingly high. Sometime in your life, you’ll need the help and I’m giving you a few place to turn to in this blog.
I have had my profile flagged for suicidal awareness, so I understand where you are coming from. My flagged profile meant a therapist had to call me daily and check in on me.
Here’s a link to a condensed new VA study out about suicide, furthermore here’s a link to the complete study. A study like this is important, take a look at it and see if there is anything that can help you out or someone you know.
Support Groups to Help Veterans
Wounded Warrior Project is a great resource for all veterans, especially because it is free to sign up and they offer phenomenal programs. Although there are a few family orientated programs, most of them are for veterans, which is great for veteran outreach. As a result of this, veterans are able to network and reach out to others who have shared experienes.,
Veterans Crisis Hotline is a phone number you can call to talk to people about issues and problems you are having. Since this hotline is available all the time, it doesn’t matter what time you are needing them. Feel free to call 1800-273-8255 anytime day or night to reach the Veterans Crisis Hotline
Furthermore, the people answering the phone really do care and they’ve helped me thorough a couple difficult days.
Certain cities have Vet Centers and these are great places to look for help. Due to Vet Centers non-affiliation with the VA, you’ll need to sign a release of information if you want your records shared.
Coming out of depression is possible by finding some light that allows your day to shine brightly. We never know who or what will bring us this light, but maybe you find someone to talk to that helps release some of your pain and sorrows.
If someone wants to help you, they may have a solution to your problems We were all disciplined in the service to never leave a brother or sister behind. Let’s stand by this and help a veteran out. Try to be a battle buddy to someone in need and show we can fix this issue together.
The Mission 22 Facebook page is an awesome page to view and check out. This is a great website because these people are veterans, therefore they’ve all been there, done that, seen that.
On average there are 22 suicides a day by Veterans. Mission 22 goal is to lower that number by reaching out to people on social media. I know people look forward to hearing from them or reading posts on their page.
I’m just trying to show you there is help out there, so that’s why I’m plugging all these sites. Therefore when you want help reach your hand out and someone will grab your hand to help guide you. I’m not saying everything is fixable, but keep trying until you find a solution.
Finally, feel free to email me if you need someone to converse with. I can try to help you with your claims, discharge paperwork, or just general VA system questions.