Data released by the Pentagon for 2008-2011 shows that 52 percent of military suicides were by those who did not deploy to a combat zone; 34 percent deployed but in a non-combat role; only 14 percent were combat veterans.
We can all play a role in preventing suicide and it doesn't require a grand gesture or complicated task to support a Veteran or Service member in your life who's going through a difficult time. During Suicide Prevention Month this September, help the U.S. Departments of Veterans Affairs (VA) and Defense spread the word that preventing suicide starts with this simple act: Be There.
Helping someone feel included and supported can make a big difference during a challenging time. Small actions of support - calling up an old friend, checking in on a neighbor, or inviting a colleague on a walk - are all thoughtful ways to show someone you care. Similarly, encouraging Veterans and Service members to take time for themselves and to focus on their own health and wellness can have a big impact.
Visit www.VeteransCrisisLine.net/BeThere to download free Suicide Prevention Month materials - including flyers, web badges, social media content, and newsletter articles - and to learn how you and your community can Be There to prevent suicide.
If you notice warning signs in yourself or a Veteran loved one, call the Veterans Crisis Line at 1-800-273-8255 and Press 1, chat online at www.veteransCrisisLine.net/Chat , or text 838255 to get confidential support 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year.
We encourage you to share the available at www.veteranscrisisline.net/BeThereVeterans with your colleagues and clients.