#BeThere the hashtag of September’s Suicide Prevention Month. With all too many stories in the news about veteran suicides the Veteran’s Administration has declared this month to be a focus of the heartbreaking issue.
Service members can face a difficult time readjusting to civilian life after experiencing trauma and perhaps serious injuries. It is for all of us to be aware of the signs of depression around us so that if our loved ones, friends, or coworkers exhibit these symptoms we can reach out to help them.
The Veteran’s Administration reminds us that they provide a free, confidential crisis support from the Veterans Crisis Line is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year.
We are reminded of the story of Tom Young, who’s family is suing the VA because when Tom called for help his call was sent to voicemail. He later threw himself in front of a commuter train that same day.
As a symbolic gesture the VA in Cheyenne will add 20 white crosses to their gate each day. The number 20 to represent the number of veteran suicides that are estimated daily. The crosses were made by a local boy scout troop.
The VA Crisis Line invites veterans who need support to contact them as well as volunteers who would like to reach out to aid a service member in need.
For more information about VA’s suicide prevention efforts:
Suicide Prevention Month website: VeteransCrisisLine.net/BeThere
Suicide Prevention Month toolkit: VeteransCrisisLine.net/
Make the Connection website: http://maketheconnection.net
VA Mental Health website: http://www.mentalhealth.va.gov
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