September is Suicide Awareness Month
Suicidal thoughts, just like any mental health condition, can affect anyone regardless of their age, gender, background or veteran status. Statistics have shown that more often than not, suicide can be a result of an untreated mental health condition. These can include depression, PTSD, bipolar disorder, schizophrenia, anxiety or personality disorders. Suicidal thoughts, although rather common, should not be considered normal and can often can indicate a more serious issue.
Suicide is the 10th leading cause of death among adults in the US and 2nd leading cause of death of people 10-24. Suicide claims the lives of 22 Veterans and 1 Active Duty personnel, every day.
Suicidal thoughts and behaviors are both damaging and dangerous and therefore are considered to be a psychiatric emergency. Having suicidal thoughts does not mean someone is weak or flawed but if you or someone you know is having these thoughts they should seek immediate assistance from a health or mental health care provider. Quick Reaction Force 22 is here to assist you or your loved ones with the proper resources to address suicidal thoughts that may be experienced.
Each year more than 41,000 individuals die by suicide with more than 8,000 of these being Veterans, leaving behind their friends and families to navigate their loss. In many cases, these individuals known as ‘suicide loss survivors’ have been left in the dark leading up to this tragedy. All too often, the feelings of shame, judgement, stigma or resentment prevent them from talking openly – which ultimately could save their life.
September is National Suicide Prevention Awareness Month – a time where we wish to take to emphasis our focus on preventing Veteran Suicide by raising awareness to the Veteran Epidemic that is plaguing our country. We use this moth to reach out to those affected by suicide, connect individuals who have suicidal ideas with trained professionals and treatment services, ensuring that individuals, friends and families have access to the resources they need as well as educate Veterans and civilians alike on the warning signs to be mindful of.
We can all play a vital role in preventing suicide, and it doesn’t mean that there is a requirement for a grand gesture or complicated task. Simply helping someone feel included, supported and needed can make a huge difference during a challenging time in their life. We ask you to check in on your buddies, communicate with our team and engaging those you think may need help in a positive and supportive way. A simple ‘I care’ can do more than you think.
Quick Reaction Force 22 is here to help.
- If you or someone you know is in an emergency, call 911 immediately.
- If you are in crisis or are experiencing difficult or suicidal thoughts, call the National Suicide Hotline at 1-800-273 TALK (8255)
- If you are a veteran in crisis or are experiencing difficult or suicidal thoughts, call the Veteran Crisis Line at 1-800-273-8255 and Press 1