Suicide Prevention Month

orange and yellow ribbon, in the center of the ribbon a yellow and orange hand are holding each otherEvery year, over 1 million people die by suicide worldwide. Of that 1 million, over 40,000 are Americans. And every day, about 20 military service members take their own lives. Even though suicide is common and the numbers continue to increase, people still choose not to talk about it.

It is important to educate yourself on the warning signs and symptoms that can lead to such a tragic event; PTSD being the most common cause with military service members. Many veterans feel there is a stigma around their PTSD and experience survivors’ guilt, and as a result forgo help. It is important to raise awareness and increase public knowledge of available resources, to help not only military service members but also their families.

Zeiders behavioral health specialists promote suicide awareness and team with the military and veteran communities to support and carry out prevention efforts.

To help someone in crisis, contact the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline: 1-800-273-8255. To reach the Military Crisis Line: PRESS 1