Train Like a Warrior: Suicide Prevention Resources

Operation Not Alone believes that your mental health is important. That’s why, in addition to our Care and Cheer packages for veterans and Girl Scout patch initiatives, we created the Train Like A Warrior campaign. Through this campaign, we are working to bring physical, mental, and emotional health resources to people across the country. From workouts, to guided meditations, to nutritional education, we have something that can help you to be your best. 

However, we know that you can’t be your best if your mental health is suffering. If you or someone you know is struggling, these resources can help. 

If you are in crisis, get help now by calling the National Suicide Prevention Hotline (1-800-273-8255) or chatting online at https://suicidepreventionlifeline.org/

Suicide is Serious:

Anyone can be at risk for suicide, but unfortunately over 6,000 of the 48,000 suicides in America each year are completed by veterans. Many factors can contribute to why a person may take their own life. However, problems like substance abuse, insomnia, PTSD, and financial insecurity effect many veterans; causing them to be at a higher risk for suicide. 

The good news is that all people can play a role in suicide prevention. In this article you will find three suicide prevention resources exclusive to veterans and their families, as well as three additional resources that anyone can use to be more informed about suicide prevention. 

Veterans and Their Families:

Charles E. Kubly Foundation Suicide Prevention Course:

Available exclusively to veterans and their family members (18+), this course teaches participants on ways to identify at risk people and take them through steps designed to intervene and connect them to mental health resources. This course also teaches information specific to firearm owners and their risk factors. 

You can register for the course here.

Vets4warriors.com

This unique resource provides support for vets, from vets Team members from Vets4Warriors, want to help you with your challenges, so they don’t become crises. If you are a Veteran, active-duty service member, related to a Vet, or a caregiver, Vets4Warriors can provide you with confidential peer support; whenever and wherever you may need it. 

This video explains more about the Vets4Warriors mission and services. 

U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs 

The United States Department of Veterans Affairs is committed to providing quality healthcare to veterans. They recognize that mental health is an important issue for those who have served our country. On their website, they have mental health resources linked by topic, as well as information about being connected to their Veterans crisis line. 

Follow this link to be directed to those resources. 

For Everyone:

National Institute of Mental Health

Many people want to be able to help in a situation where someone may be displaying signs of suicide. This webpage from the National Institute of Mental Health describes common signs and symptoms of someone who may be contemplating suicide and outlines five actionable steps you can use to help them. The webpage also discusses risk factors that may come into play for someone who is struggling. 

The Campaign to Change Direction

Launched in 2015, the Campaign to Change Direction has been serious about mental health. Consisting of citizens, leaders in the nonprofit world, and members of the private sector, the initiative advocates for eliminating the stigma surrounding mental health, creates inclusive and accessible language for discussing mental health, and encourages people to pledge to learn the Five Signs of Emotional Suffering. The site also includes links and numbers to crisis helplines. 

Train Like A Warrior Campaign

Operation Not Alone has expanded their reach beyond veterans to promote mental health across the United States. Through our Train Like A Warrior Campaign we have created and cultivated resources, opportunities, and educational materials that support mental, physical, spiritual, and emotional health. Throughout 2021, the campaign has focused on these different aspects of health with the goal of helping you become the best version of you.
To learn more about Train Like A Warrior, contact Operation Not Alone, or follow along on any of our social platforms!

Matilda Cretens

ONA Intern

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