In 2012, the Department of Veterans Affairs’ study on soldier suicide concluded that 22 veterans a day take their own lives. In 2014 that number was reduced to 20 thanks to national charities like Active Heroes who are dedicated to veteran suicide prevention.
If we are going to be successful in veteran suicide prevention we have to address the issues that are at the root of the problem. These issues include:
- Survivor’s guilt
- Self-blame for mission failure
- Impaired thinking caused by alcohol or substance abuse
- An Altered worldview due to PTSD
- Traumatic brain injury
But how can we prevent veteran suicide?
Active Heroes has a veteran suicide prevention program that’s already being implemented! We are in the process of building a unique Military Family Retreat Center that will support veterans and their families from across the U.S. The retreat is being constructed in Shepherdsville, KY just outside Louisville. The cabins host up to 284 families a year!
Active Heroes also operates a community center in Louisville that helps veterans connect with educational classes, attend free events and services, and connect with peer mentors.
Active Heroes offers events nationwide aimed at raising money to help with veteran suicide prevention. Events include Carry the Fallen, Virtual WOD’s, Pound Challenge, Stand at Attention Competitions, Golf Tournaments, and more. We encourage those wishing to support Active Heroes to contact us and we can help you organize an event in your city.
Donate Now and together we can help. We are currently looking for veterans to serve as peer mentors all across the nation. If you would like to get involved with Active Heroes either as a peer mentor or a participant in our fundraising events please click here to view our various volunteer opportunities. We look forward to hearing from you!
Working together veteran suicide prevention can be achieved. Join us!