Rochester, N.Y. – Sept. 3, 2015 – An April 2015 study in JAMA Psychiatry revealed that suicide rates for Veterans are not impacted by soldiers being deployed to combat zones, according to Military Times. Instead, the study revealed that Veterans who leave the military had higher rates of suicide. The study states that those who separated from military service had a 63 percent higher risk of suicide than those who remain enlisted. As an organization that provides clinical and case management services for Veterans with PTSD, a traumatic brain injury and/or military sexual trauma, Warrior Salute is helping to combat this by bringing awareness to Veteran suicide with their #SaluteLife campaign.
The #SaluteLife Campaign is being run during the month of September, which is Suicide Prevention Month, and is aiming to help raise awareness for Veteran Suicide and show that there are options available for Veterans who may be struggling. The campaign will run on their Facebook page and will coincide with the launch of their Warrior Salute Twitter account, but they encourage anyone to share what they enjoy most about life with the #SaluteLife hashtag.
“We want Veterans to know that there are ways to combat things that may be troubling them, be it physically or mentally,” CDS Monarch President/CEO Sankar Sewnauth said. “There are resources where people can get the support they need. If we can save lives by bringing awareness to Veteran suicide, then it’s something we’re going to do our best to accomplish, whether it’s through a social media campaign or our work in Warrior Salute.”