I am a vet and want to do more to support our troops coming back from combat tours. With the number of vets committing suicide exceeding the number of combat fatalities, we all need to do more.
The young marine featured on 60 Minutes got to me right under the US Army. To see his dad and his best friend blaming themselves for his death was tragic. We can prevent suicide. We can do more. Suggestions?
As human beings it is easy for us to see that our thinking is the right and only way to think. Think how long it took for us to realize: the world isn't flat, earth in no the center of the universe, etc.
Someone in depression is having those thoughts in that mind set. Getting through that barrier (which is a both a mental disorder and mental disease) is different for EVERY DIFFERENT person. There is no on stop shop for cures.
Some people need love, some need excitement, some need to talk, some need time to think, etc. The best way to find out who needs what is to take a veteran/depressed person and learn about them. interests, desires, and so forth to try and 'categorize' them.
When you have an idea of their personality, you start interacting with them in that way. Someone who got excited talking about how much fun he had riding his first bike at three years old SHOULD be given a motorcycle. They need that adrenaline rush. Is it dangerous, sure, but so is being alive, and if that rush is what they look forward to getting out of bed every morning for then we have won our first battle of many.
Because giving them something to 'live' for is not the answer. That one thing is not the solution. They need to be given more, ever increasing proof that life is worth living and the world they thought was empty, alone, wrong, wasted, etc. is in fact endless in its possibilities.
Im not sure if that answered your request, but my point is that there is no one magic pill or solution that will solve this issue we face. We are individuals and each of us require a unique solution to open our eyes.