Military Suicide

http://militarytimes.com/news/2012/11/ap-military-suicides-out-of-control-112512/

 

Military suicide is a hot topic today.  Much discussion is generated with apparenlty little progress toward solution.  This is ever frustrating for all parties involved and disheartening for the families left behind after a  service member takes their life.

 

Here is a gripping quote from the article which demonstrates the severity suicide in the military today,  "According to a Veterans Affairs report this spring, a veteran commits suicide every 80 minutes. More than 6,500 suicides have occurred since the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan began. For every service member who dies in battle, 25 veterans die by their own hands."

 

It is both shocking and disturbing to consider more service members die by their own hands then those who lose their life in combat zones.  The trauma of war leaves wounds which linger eternally, it is often up to the service member and their family to recognize troublesome signs for which they need to receive help. 

 

Whether military or civilian, if you or a loved one is having serious thoughts of suicide, please see Links & Resources immediately to get help.  Talk therapy is often not the remedy for the severe crisis suicidal thoughts bring.  Once these thoughts and potential behaviors have been stablizilied, I can work with you to help continue to keep these at bay. 

 

Having thoughts of sucide at one point in your life does not mean you are doomed to life of depression.  With the proper treatment and possibly medication (I do not provide medication but can offer you referrals to those who can), you can live a positive, well-adjusted life.