Posted on Nov 16, 2013
CPT Bruce Richardson
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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?

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TSgt Marcial Guajardo
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Suicide is not a rational decision. Therefore, finding rational solutions is a challenge. I don't know the answers and I'm not sure anyone does. It would be helpful if more successful programs, organizations or tactics and strategies were publically shared so all could benefit from those experiences.
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Cpl Michael Strickler
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There is really only one way to prevent suicides. You have to change the thought patterns of the individual planning to hurt themselves. Unfortunately that can be hard and it is extremely easy to miss the signs of change when they present themselves. When it boils down to it the solution is like trying to convince someone to believe something that they don't want to acknowledge.

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.
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Cpl Andrew Tucker
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Honor Courage Commitment, Inc has an initiative entitled #22kill. This initiative is different as it seeks to inspire the Veteran to bigger and better things. Check them out at http://www.22kill.com
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Cpl Andrew Tucker Good deal there. I like what I saw and left a message to you. Keep up the good fight.
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SSgt Tim Meuret
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The Team Veteran Foundation is committed to reducing Veteran suicide rates through a community based program titled A.L.I.V.E.

Check out the mission at http://ttvfoundation.org/
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