We are an all-veteran, not-for-profit organization aimed at combating the growing suicide epidemic in the US Military.
Every day 1 Soldier and 22+ Veterans take their own life. That's a Veteran EVERY hour that we lose. Why? These men and women have bravely made it their job to protect US citizens and our soil, but come home emotionally wounded with no one to turn to. They feel if they ask for help, they will be labeled as weak and not worthy of the uniform they wear or have worn.
Stop Soldier Suicide was founded by Army officers (active and veteran) who, during their commands, worked directly with Soldiers who were contemplating suicide.
The SSS foundation and website is a civilian bastion for soldiers/veterans in their greatest hour of need. We are making it our mission to help connect them with free mental healthcare within the military or civilian realms. We also hope to STOP THE STIGMA of asking for help.
While in our military positions working with these men and women who were contemplating suicide, we realized suicidal ideations stemmed from three things:
2. Questioning purpose in military service and combat
3. The absence of an outlet outside of the military chain of command to get help and express feelings
In a recent study of veterans who served in Iraq and Afghanistan, up to 50 percent of respondents reported "some" to "extreme" difficulty in social functioning, productivity and community involvement.
Admiral Mike Mullen, the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, told reporters that the expected increases in suicides among soldiers is "an emergency issue." Existing rates are already alarmingly high.
Mullen attributes an anticipated rise over the next few months to the large number of troops coming back to their bases after facing years of multiple deployments.
Suicide rates have gone up in every branch of the military since 2004 with record highs in the Army, which has faced the most repeated deployments. 30,000+ suicides in the last 4 years alone. IT HAS TO STOP.
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