We’re going to get a little serious with this article.
Because we have a serious topic to discuss. And, an extremely important topic to discuss:
Veteran suicide and self-harm.
It’s crazy to think, but veteran suicide is actually a huge problem. Why? Because, after years of dedicating their lives to protecting our country, our homes, our lives -veterans come home to almost nothing.
They struggle in finding jobs, communities, support.
They struggle in finding a place to fit in, and a place to be themselves.
The world can be a hard place to live. Every single one of us, since the time we enter this world, searches for a meaningful and comfortable place in society. Some of us find it, others have more trouble.
And, when that trouble hits, it’s the hardest thing to keep going. To push forward, and move forward.
This is why, it’s so important that we, as a community, as a nation, band together and help each other out. Because we all go through journeys and quests. And though the particulars may differ, the raw emotions are all the same.
We, as people, all go through the same things. Maybe on different levels of extremes. But that gives us the ability to be empathetic and understanding.
So, when a veteran comes home, after years of helping us, it’s only right we give some help back. Here are 3 ways that you, friends and family of veterans, can make a huge difference in veteran suicide prevention.
If you’re worried about a family member or friend, it’s important you talk to them straight. You don’t need to get harsh or too serious with them. And you don’t need to mention the words “suicide” or “self-harm.” But it’s important that you at least try to connect with them on an emotional level. So that you can get a better sense of where they are. And so they can get a chance to talk about things that might be truly bothering them.
Let them know you are there for them and that you love them.
It can be extremely hard to tell the truth sometimes. Especially when that truth involves our own feelings. And sometimes, the veteran you speak to may just wave you away. But if you truly feel that something is wrong, trust your gut. Approach them again, because the second or third time you reach out to them, maybe the time they really open up.
Find them a community.
Sometimes all we need is a like-minded community. Friends, collogues, or acquaintances who are going through the same struggles as we are. So that we can share openly and not ever have to feel judged or looked down on.
If you notice your loved veteran spending a lot of time alone, try to push them to find a community. It could be a community for a hobby, an interest, or just general veteran life. It doesn’t matter what the community is, as long as they feel they have a place to fit in.
Consider a home care agency.
Handling suicide and self-harm prevention can be a lot. For any caregiver or friend.
That’s why, its highly recommended to seek out a reputable home care agency that is equipped to handle all the medical and emotional struggles that come with the territory.
At Aurora Home Care, we work with veterans all the time. And so, we know exactly what they need and when. We’ve got our veterans’ backs, and they know it.