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Help Our Veterans - National Suicide Prevention Month

A disturbing number of Veterans
take their own lives in the U.S.

On average, over 8,000 Veterans
die from suicide each year.

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That means 22 veterans die by suicide each day.

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Despite significant efforts and billions of dollars invested by the state and federal governments across the nation, suicide rates among Veterans rose 26 percent from 2005 to 2016, and continues to rise.

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Finding a solution to this public health crisis requires an all-hands-on-deck approach – not government as usual.

To make a real impact, Federal, state, and local providers of resources and families and friends must partner together.

It’s common for veterans with PTSD to experience suicidal thoughts. Feeling suicidal is not a character defect, and it doesn’t mean that you are crazy, weak, or flawed.
For all too many veterans, returning from military service means coping with symptoms of post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). You may be having a hard time readjusting to life out of the military.
Or you may constantly be feeling on edge, emotionally numb and disconnected, or close to panicking or exploding. But no matter how long the V.A. wait times, or how isolated or emotionally cut off from others you feel, it’s important to know that you’re not alone and there are plenty of things you can do to start feeling better.
— https://www.helpguide.org/articles/ptsd-trauma/ptsd-in-military-veterans.htm
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If you are thinking about taking your own life, seek help immediately.

Please read Suicide Help, talk to someone you trust, or call a suicide helpline:

 In the U.S., call 1-800-273-TALK (8255).

In the UK, call 08457 90 90 90.

In Australia, call 13 11 14.

Or visit International Association for Suicide Prevention to find a helpline in your country.

Join the #BeThere Campaign during

Suicide Prevention Month in September

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