At least 27 veterans under age 45 died by suicide in San Diego County between 2014 and the first half of 2015.
For them, there was no retirement, no second career, no time spent watching their children grow.
The majority suffered from depression or post-traumatic stress disorder after serving in a combat zone since the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks. Their experience defies academic research, which says troops who deploy are not more likely to die by suicide. Read more
Dr. William James-influential American philosopher and psychologist-once said to “act as if what you do makes a difference. It does.” This statement holds particular meaning when placed in the context of promoting Total Sailor Fitness and Resilience-especially when it comes to suicide prevention. Read more
I have created a few logos for the #Stop22ADay campaign that I want to have made into t-shirts. I posted them on Google plus and had my followers vote for their favorite I thought I’d share them with you all here.
We lose 22 veterans a day to suicide, (that’s one every hour and 10 minutes) an epidemic that must be addressed. There’s not much I can do, but what I can, I will. It’s only going to get worse if this issue isn’t brought forward. We need to make some noise on behalf of our warriors. Join me in spreading the word. Thank you. Anna
When someone commits suicide, it is a tragedy. When we are losing more soldiers to suicide than the Afghanistan war, it is an epidemic. In June of 2010, there were over 32 confirmed or suspected suicides among soldiers. Studies confirm that individuals in the military are at higher risk than the general population due to the conditions in which they are exposed. Wartime pressures are at a high, and soldiers are coming back from combat showing signs of psychiatric illnesses and addictions. These risk factors provide a cocktail conducive to thoughts of suicide. It is time to take a closer look at them.
The issue of suicide within the military and veteran community is a serious problem, and a former soldier named Boone Cutler is taking it head on.
“I will not take my own life by my own hand until I talk to my battle buddy first. My mission is to find a mission to help my warfighter family,” reads the Spartan Pledge, a new initiative started by Cutler.
The pledge started between Cutler and his battle buddy Nacho who served in Iraq with him. They lost touch after the military, but were brought together after Nacho’s friend – who was also a veteran – committed suicide.
The Spartan pledge was created after they both admitted to each other of having suicidal thoughts and not talking about it. Realizing the disproportional suicide rate among veterans, Cutler started engaging other war buddies with his pledge starting a viral effect.
According to Boone, the pledge ensures that veterans take care of themselves, take care of their own, and maintain a mission focus.
Here’s Boone’s video. He requests that you please pass it along.