More often than not when it comes to mental illness, suicide always seems like the most viable option to stop the pain. Suicide is a long term solution to a short term problem.
As I type this there is a thread on a veteran Facebook page where the author wrote, “Goodbye brothers and sisters I can’t do it anymore”. In less than 50 minutes there have been over 400 replies, many telephone numbers shared, dozens of veteran calls to local law enforcement and hundreds of positive comments telling the veteran to hang in there and not to do it.
This is not the first of these types of posts I have come across, and every time it is the same response. Veterans drop whatever it is they are doing and try everything in their power to prevent the loss of yet another brother or sister. This is because we never leave a brother or sister behind.
It is important that we understand that there is help out there. If you suffer from Mental Illness, keep on trekking. No matter how difficult the journey may be know that there are many people willing to help and support you. There are those who are on the same path as you and as long as you let them, they will help you get through it.
If you need help, ask we will respond.
!!!DO NOT GIVE UP!!!
Updates will be posted below.
20 April 2018 @ 1314 PST: Law Enforcement was able to get to the individual and he is safe and sound. Hundreds of veterans mobilized to save his life and fortunately he is still with us. He now knows he is not alone and that hundreds of people he does not know are with him and care about him.
PTSD Hotline: 800-273-8255
Suicide Hotline: 1-800-SUICIDE / 1-800-784-2433 or 1-800-273-TALK / 1-800-273-8255
#TrekOn #NeverGiveUp #PTSDAwreness