American Legion Post 57:
Addressing the Crisis: Veteran Suicide Prevention Takes Center Stage
In recent years, a deeply concerning and pressing issue has taken hold of the veteran community – the alarming rates of suicide among veterans and servicemembers. The National Veteran Suicide Prevention Annual Report has highlighted this crisis, revealing that veteran suicide has become the No. 1 issue facing this community. With statistics indicating that between 17 and 22 veterans or service members take their own lives each day, equating to over 6,000 lives lost annually, it's evident that urgent action is required. This issue demands immediate attention, particularly as the rate of suicide among veterans is more than 50% higher than that of their non-veteran counterparts.
Be The One Suicide Awareness Training: A Beacon of Hope
Recognizing the gravity of the situation, various organizations and communities are stepping up to confront the issue head-on. One such initiative is the American Legion Post 57's "Be the One Suicide Awareness Training." This event, scheduled for September 30, 2023, in Fox Grant, aims to raise awareness about the importance of recognizing and addressing mental health concerns within the veteran community. By fostering an environment of understanding and support, the training seeks to equip attendees with the knowledge and tools needed to identify signs of distress and provide appropriate assistance and end the stigma.
Address: 130 Veterans Club Road, Newnan, GA, 30263
Date: September 30, 2023
Time: 10:00 am to 2:00 pm