September is Suicide Prevention Month. It’s fairly common knowledge by this point, that 22 veterans each and every day choose to take their own lives. Suicide most often occurs when stressors exceed the current coping capacity of someone suffering from a mental health condition. For our veterans, that mental health condition is many times PTSD. PTSD and moral injury are real. And we hope to help.
Valiant Seed aims to bring homeless vets together in communities, similar to the platoons they were a part of in the military. When you are a part of something and know that people have your back and you have theirs, it can help make life seem a whole lot better.
One of the reasons we chose Oregon as the site of our first Valiant Seed community is the sheer number of homeless vets in that state. Oregon also has a very high suicide rate as well; Oregonians are more likely to die from suicide than homicide.
This year the VA has started a campaign called #BeThere for veterans who might need help.
“You don’t have to be a trained professional to support someone who may be going through a difficult time,” said Dr. Caitlin Thompson, Director of the VA Office of Suicide Prevention. “We want to let people know that things they do every day, like calling an old friend or checking in with a neighbor, are strong preventive factors for suicide because they help people feel less alone. That’s what this campaign is about – encouraging people to be there for each other.”
The campaign also highlights VA resources that are available to support veterans and servicemembers who are coping with mental health challenges or are at risk for suicide, and it encourages everyone to share these resources with someone in their life.
For more information about VA’s suicide prevention efforts:
VA’s Veterans Crisis Line:
Call 1-800-273-8255 and Press 1;
Suicide prevention starts with everyday heroes like us.
Tags: crisis line, homeless veterans, mental health, suicide prevention, VA
This post was written by teresamankin