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Suicide Prevention Month: Reach Out

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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.

Although September is recognized as Suicide Awareness month, for many Americans, it is a year-round struggle. According to one study by the VA, although veterans only made up 8.5% of the U.S. population in 2014, they accounted for 18% of total suicides. In the decade between 2001 and 2011, the suicide rate among service members more than doubled. Though the number most often reported is 22 veteran suicides a day, this is a low estimate. It is known that the majority of veteran suicides are committed by Vietnam-era veterans, yet the media tends to attach that number to the younger generation of veterans who served in Iraq and Afghanistan, but in any event, veterans of all ages need support and assistance in facing tough times.

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.



#BeThere for Veterans and Service Members

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.

Veterans Affairs

Learn the warning signs of suicide, find resources, locate your local suicide prevention coordinator and more through the VA.


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