The Veteran Suicide rate has climbed to an estimated twenty-two veterans a day nationwide. Doing the simple math on that it means that nearly one veteran every hour will commit suicide. The World Health Organization released a report in 2017 that stated that for every veteran that successfully commits suicide there 20 more veterans that attempt to commit suicide.
If you go by the World Health Organization report, which I don’t know if it’s an accurate assessment, that means that nearly 480 veterans attempt suicide each day! Wow, that is an insane amount! Veteran suicide is a really huge problem that we need to address in this country.
What is the cause of this large amount of veterans committing suicide each day? I am sure there are many different variables that factor into a veteran committing suicide. However, there are some main issues that contribute to this alarming epidemic. I myself suffer from a Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI), Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), and anxiety. So many veterans also suffer from these same mental health conditions as well as other mental health disorders.
To cope with the issues brought on by PTSD and depression many veterans resort to drug and alcohol abuse. This will lead a veteran down a dark and lonely road. I know this first hand because I am a recovering alcoholic. I ended up homeless on three separate occasions and suffered deep depression.
What can we do to fight back and help stop veteran suicide? At Rally Point Apparel we try to do our part by raising awareness through our 22 A Day Veterans Suicide Shirt. A portion of every one of these shirts sold will go to assist veterans suffering with mental health issues at the Five Star Veterans Center in Jacksonville, FL.
If you are a veteran and are having thoughts of suicide I encourage you to call the Veterans Crisis Line at 1-800-273-8255. They are available to talk to you 24/7.