Military and First Responders put their lives at risk on a daily basis in their chosen vocation for the health, safety and freedom of others. Unfortunately, repeated traumatic encounters expose them to a far more insidious danger - suicide. Too often, these heroic individuals are disproportionately affected by suicide.
Knowing the warning signs of suicide is key to prevention. Suicide among members of the Military and First Responder community is high in part, because of their access to the most lethal means of suicide.
A Veteran’s family members or friends may be the first to notice when the person they love has changed. These changes could be a sign of a larger health concern, but help is available. Connect with hundreds of inspiring stories and learn how you can support a Veteran loved one.
We asked Veterans and their family members what mental health really means to them. Their answers ranged from strengthening relationships to getting involved in causes that they’re passionate about.
This Mental Health Month, learn how Veterans can take one step today toward a healthier life. Explore ways to get started at MakeTheConnection.net/MHM.
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Asking the hard questions is often the first step toward suicide prevention by getting Veterans the support they need. You can play a vital role to help.
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When you ask someone how they are doing and get the response, "I'm good," do you give it a second thought? PSA on suicide awareness from DoD and VA featuring veterans
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This video includes information and a sample conversation to help members of community organizations raise suicide awareness and talk to Veterans about their emotional health, distress, or even suicide.
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Suicidologist, Dr. Thomas Joiner, attempt survivor Leah Harris, and psychologist Dr. April Foreman discuss the importance of restricting the lethal means that could lead to someone dying by suicide.
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PsychArmor's animated video course provides concrete tips and techniques for engaging veterans who may be in crisis. Outlines practical help and ideas for suicide prevention easily followed by anyone
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This video training gives you information on how to engage veterans in crisis as well as providing a simple acronym for you to remember. Suicide Education is the first step to suicide prevention. We're here to help you #StopOne
When everyone in the community joins the fight to combat veteran suicide. The Department of Veterans Affairs developed this toolkit to equip and empower local leaders to take action for suicide by securing access to lethal means.