By Chuck Norris
Approximately 20 veterans die every day from suicide in America. By now, you have certainly heard some form of this statistic. This disturbing and unacceptable fact has become a rallying cry during the past decade in marshalling support for efforts to bring an end to veteran suicide in America. It has generated numerous grassroots groups around the country in support of this effort, such as Mission 22, an organization created to link military veterans together in an effort to raise awareness and enlist support in completing this most important mission. And while millions of dollars have been spent by the government toward understanding what causes the post-war surges in suicides, a clear answer has yet to emerge.
The fact that many veterans returning from the war zone are at risk of taking their own lives can never be in dispute – it is at least 21 percent higher than civilian adults. When these service members leave the military, they can become even more vulnerable. But the perception that these warriors are damaged individuals – that suicidal tendencies point to an extremely abnormal condition – may not only be a false perception, but part of the problem.
Gaining an understanding of why people take their own lives is a mission that extends beyond the military. According to the World Health Organization, somewhere in the world, someone commits suicide every 40 seconds. We need to start to see the issue in its widest possible context if we are to start to finally address suicide as the global health crisis it is; and as a major part of any discussion of preventable death.
According to new research presented at the recent 2017 Pediatric Academic Societies Meeting, the percentage of younger children and teens in the United States hospitalized for suicidal thoughts or actions doubled over Click to see the original article