The latest update on Veteran Suicides is out – and it’s worse than previous estimates.
It was shocking enough when an average of 18 US Veterans committed suicide each day. New, more accurate figures move that toll to 22. Which equals one US Vet death by suicide every 65 minutes.
This is exactly why the Military Helpline exists. Veterans and their families can call knowing their call will remain anonymous and confidential. The line is staffed by veterans and others trained in military culture who can relate to the issues that veterans grapple with. Our overall suicide prevention rate on our crisis lines is 98 percent de-escalated. If you are a vet in crisis, or a close friend or family member, call (888) 457-4838.
PTSD and other issues are going to be generational. We need to be there for our vets for a lifetime. Please consider donating your time or treasure to see to it. We especially need veterans who are willing to be trained to staff the lines for fellow vets. Contact our volunteer coordinator by calling Lines for Life’s main office number (503) 244-1152. If you want to donate click this link.