September is National Suicide Prevention Awareness Month. Let’s raise awareness of valuable resources and information for those who need it.
According to the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention:
– Suicide is the 10th leading cause of death in the US.
– On average, there are 132 suicides per day.
– Of these, at least 17 are Veterans. The number for active duty members is not specified.
These numbers are far too high, and something’s gotta change.
Here’s what we propose:
Take a video of yourself doing 10 push ups. If you’re really dedicated, you can do it the full 10 days.
During the video, be sure to name a few friends who should participate in the challenge as well. We’ve got to keep the message going if we want to raise awareness!
We’ve also decided to include a little friendly competition. Once you’re ready to post your video, include a hashtag in the post that lets us know what branch you served in. A sailor, for example, would tag it #10x10Navy.
Whichever branch has the most videos under their tag at the end of September, wins!
By partaking in this challenge, even if you don’t struggle with this issue, you’ll be helping spread helpful resources to Veterans/Service Members who do.
Plus, they’ll know they can come to you if they’re ever feeling low.
National Suicide Prevention Line: 1-800-273-8255
Support for Deaf & Hard of Hearing: 1-800-799-4889