The latest data available on the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) website show suicide as being the 10th most common cause of death in 2017 with the total being 47, 173 confirmed deaths by suicide. The Defense Suicide Prevention Office (DSPO) reported 286 active service members died by suicide in 2017. The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) reported that 6,139 of the suicide deaths in 2017 were veterans. Their fact sheet also states that suicide deaths have been steadily increasing since the early 2000s. It is important to note that this data does not include deaths that were deemed accidental because they could not find the perfect amount of evidence to prove it was suicide.
As of late, it seems that this crisis has been drowned out by newer headlines and deemed normal since it been a long-standing issue. For those of us who have been touched by suicide, it is still an important topic. Suicide is 100% preventable. The potential issue is the focus on intervention instead of prevention. For some reason, the training and information found that is dubbed "prevention" is actually "intervention." It is the moment a person believes another is suicidal and intervenes to prevent them from attempting. True prevention begins before the thoughts of suicide occur.
As a society, a community, a family, an individual-we can prevent suicide by understanding that suicide is a social crisis. It requires connection, empathy, and compassion. On this webpage, you will find the information and resources you can use to be a part of the solution.
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22 Until None
Suicide prevention and awareness advocate
With this epidemic running through our ranks of veterans, we need to take a stand as a team. We host many events and attend many others to help our veterans in every way possible. We are currently offering emergency financial assistance, help with VA benefits, help transitioning, advocacy, wellness services, and camaraderie. We need your help to make this happen. We ask you to take a stand and help us bring this number to zero!
The world leader in suicide prevention training solutions
A mission-driven organization with an industry-leading approach to suicide prevention: we want to empower everyone to play a role. Guided by our values and our commitment to across-the-board quality, we're here to help make communities everywhere safer from suicide.
Suicide Prevention Resource Center
Federally supported resource center
SPRC advances suicide prevention infrastructure and capacity building through:
consultation, training, and resources to enhance suicide prevention efforts; staffing, administrative, and logistical support to the Secretariat of the National Action Alliance for Suicide Prevention, the public-private partnership dedicated to advancing the National Strategy for Suicide Prevention. The initiative provides information, resources, and tools for safer suicide care.
Mobile app that connects resources and individuals
The Objective Zero Foundation enhances social connectedness and access to wellness resources to combat suicide within the military community. Objective Zero is a mobile app and 501(c)(3) nonprofit that anonymously connects Users to a nationwide network of PEER SUPPORT and wellness resources, tools, and training.
The Trevor Project
Crisis intervention for LGBTQ young people under the age of 25
The Trevor Project provides crisis counseling to LGBTQ young people thinking of suicide; offers resources, supportive counseling, and a sense of community to LGBTQ young people to reduce the risk that they become suicidal; educates young people and adults who interact with young people on LGBTQ-competent suicide prevention, risk detection, and response; and advocates for laws and policies that will reduce suicide among LGBTQ young people.
Vet Centers are community-based counseling centers that provide a wide range of social and psychological services, including professional readjustment counseling to eligible Veterans, active duty service members, including National Guard and Reserve components, and their families.
Veterans Crisis Line
Caring, qualified responders for veterans in crisis
The Veterans Crisis Line is a free, confidential resource that’s available to anyone, even if you’re not registered with VA or enrolled in VA health care. The caring, qualified responders at the Veterans Crisis Line are specially trained and experienced in helping Veterans of all ages and circumstances
Veterans Suicide Prevention Channel
Healing shows for veterans
Working towards saving and improving the lives of America’s veterans, family members, and supporters by creating a national broadcast channel that will air healing, educational, entertaining and resource information shows intended to benefit America’s veterans nationwide in order to prevent suicides and promote mental, emotional and physical healing.
Suicide prevention starts with YOU
There are many ways you can prevent suicide.
You can become more aware, so you are able to identify those with thoughts of suicide.
You can teach others how to be more suicide aware and the skills to intervene.
You can change how you interact with people to help them be hopeful, connected, and strong.
You can join the cause or advocate on your own.
You can share your story so others can feel less alone.
Lucky for you there are numerous quality resources that can help, empower, connect, and support you as you join the fight to end suicide.
You can get to the website of these resources by clicking on their logo.
Many of these resources offer information, support, and intervention services. Some can also provide statistics.
Not only are there resources online, but there are apps and Facebook pages that offer peer support, like Battle In Distress.
If you are not finding the support you need, please reach out to us via email