Raleigh, N.C. – A non-profit organization called "Stop Soldier Suicide" in Raleigh is aptly named and helps veterans who are at risk of suicide.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recently report that the suicide rate in the United States is at its highest in 50 years. As Stop Soldier Suicide says, although members of the military service are trained to fight for their survival, many need help to survive after they return home.
Chris Ford, CEO of Stop Soldier Suicide, said many veterans were struggling to get through life.
"Suicide is really a national public health crisis," said Ford.
The traumatic events experienced by servicemen in service may increase their risk of self-harm, and many veterans are struggling with mental health issues in addition to prolonged exposure to addiction, drug abuse, and drug abuse. social isolation and access to firearms.
"All of these things together, unfortunately, somehow create the perfect storm for someone who has lost a lot of hope," Ford said.
Ford said his organization was connecting veterans and their family members with special resources, "whether it's financial aid, mental health counseling, or". 39, a claim for benefits ".
Once connected, Ford said that Stop Soldier Suicide spent the next 24 months helping veterans solve their problems that could improve their transition to civilian life.
The other priority of the group is public awareness. "We are trying to destigmatize the issue of mental health and suicide as a whole – since it is the only cause of death in the United States that is not diminishing," said Ford, adding that many younger veterans are not looking for traditional community resources such as their local Veterans of Foreign Wars and American Legion centers. Instead, he said, many soldiers are connecting online to build social connections with their veterans.