Veteran Earl Granville lost his twin brother, Staff Sergeant Joe Granville, to suicide. In this video, Earl talks about reaching out for help and overcoming adversity.
A new collection of data is being assembled by the Pentagon and the VA, known as the Suicide Data Repository, which will more accurately assess veteran suicide. Until that information is available, the number “22” is a useful number when used to raise awareness about this ongoing crisis and foster support for our nation’s heroes. There are many studies which suggest that mental health treatment is vital in combating suicide. Most of all, it is imperative that those contemplating suicide and their friends and loved ones seek help.
If you’re thinking about suicide, are worried about a friend or loved one, or would like emotional support, the Lifeline network is available 24/7 across the United States. Call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 800-273-TALK (800-273-8255) to reach a trained counselor. Use that same number and press “1” to reach the Veterans Crisis Line. Confidential help is also available in a chat online, or by sending a text message to 838255.
Those who are experiencing signs of post-traumatic stress, depression, addiction or severe anxiety should seek professional counseling. Family members and friends should encourage their loved ones to get the help they need in addition to seeking support themselves for the challenges that can affect those close to the service member or veteran. There are a range of resources and methods to address the trauma from professional counseling, medication-based approaches and a variety of cognitive behavioral therapies to peer and family support groups, art and music therapies and mindfulness practices. Reaching out is a pivotal step in the process of recovery.
Find out how you can help someone going through a difficult time through small actions of support. From sending a care package to bringing meals, the Military and Veterans Crisis Line has created a wealth of ideas and information to show you care.
Learn the warning signs of suicide, find resources, locate your local suicide prevention coordinator and more through the VA.
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