National Suicide Prevention Week 2016

National Suicide Prevention Week 2016

This week is National Suicide Prevention week. This is a great time to sit down with loved ones and talk about the signs, prevention and what you can do to help. Veterans are at a higher risk of suicide. In 2013, the United States Department of Veterans Affairs released a study that covered suicides from 1999 to 2010. This study showed that roughly 22 veterans commit suicide every day--about one every 65 minutes.

Warning Signs

These indicators might show that the person is in danger and may urgently need help, so beware if you notice any of these and find help right away:

  • Talking about wanting to die or killing oneself
  • Looking for ways to kill oneself
  • Talking about feeling hopeless or having no purpose
  • Talking about feeling trapped
  • Talking about being a burden to others
  • Increased use of alcohol and drugs
  • Acting anxious or reckless
  • Sleeping too little or too much
  • Showing rage or talking about seeking revenge
  • Showing obsession in death
  • Displaying extreme mood swings

If you or someone you know starts to display these seek help right away.

The Veterans Crisis Line is 988 then press 1.

Help Prevent Suicide

There are many different ways you can help prevent suicide; here are just a few.

  • If you or anyone you know is worried about the thoughts or feelings, make sure to reach out for help.
  • It is important to notice signs of depression and meet with a health professional early to go over the right treatment plan.
  • The media should be intelligent when reporting on suicide so that vulnerable people don’t get inspired to copy the acts.
  • Make sure to keep items that would cause harm are stored in a locked, safe place.
  • Post the 2016 Suicide Prevention Week Graphic as you profile picture.
  • Learn the warning signs and risk factors for suicide.
  • Host a suicide prevention awareness event.
  • If you are a school professional, get certified.

What You Can Do During National Suicide Prevention Week

How You Can Help Veterans

If you want to help veterans more than this week you can donate you unused vehicle to Vehicles For Veterans. We are a nonprofit car donation program that benefits veteran’s charities. The donation is fast, easy and hassle free. All you have to do is call 1-855-811-4838 or fill out our online donation form. We will call you to find the best time to pick up your vehicle free of charge. Make an impact today and donate your vehicle!

Related Posts

October 7, 2022
Vehicles For Veterans Presents $696,318.66 to k9s For Warriors

Vehicles For Veterans is proud to support the mission of K9s For Warriors. In October 2022, Vehicles For Veterans presented a $696,318.66 donation to K9s For Warriors. This was made possible by the generous car donation across the country by people like you! All you need to benefit veterans charities like K9s For Warriors is […]

Read More
June 23, 2022
Benefit Veterans Airlift Command With Car Donation

Did you know that Veterans Airlift Command (VAC) is one of the many veterans charities Vehicles For Veterans benefits? That means you can donate a car to help the amazing Veterans Airlift Command mission. The unwanted car isn’t worth much to you, but it can make a big difference for veterans and their families. About […]

Read More
May 22, 2019
Mental Health Resources For Veterans

Vehicles For Veterans does not offer any helpline services, please see our "Crisis Hotline" section below if you are experiencing an emergency and need to speak with someone immediately. After returning home, many veterans face obstacles in finding the mental health resources they need. Veterans are 15 times more likely to develop post traumatic stress […]

Read More
December 28, 2017
Donate Before Midnight For A 2017 Tax Deduction

Did you know there's still a little time to get one last deduction for the 2017 tax year? Many people don't realize that you can still donate your car tonight and get a tax deduction for this year. All you need to do is call or fill out a donation form before 11:59 p.m. tonight!  […]

Read More