Now This’s #22PushupChallenge Video
The link above, dearest Readers, is to bring awareness of the leading cause of death among military veteran: suicide. It is estimated that 22 military veterans commit suicide every day. That is twenty-two (22) people who take their own lives every single day because they truly believe the world and their loved ones are better off without them when that is never true!
The challenge is to do 22 push-ups for 22 days to aid in bringing awareness of veteran suicides and prevention. Many people have posted videos of themselves doing this. I am still debating on doing that myself. >.>()
If you know a veteran, any family or friends of veterans that need help, please let them know there is help: Veteran Crisis Line
- Call 18002738255 (1-800-273-8255), Press 1
- Text to 838255
- Confidential Chats online
- Confidential homeless veteran chat
- For the hard of hearing or deaf, TTY call 18007994889 (1-800-799-4889)
Learn to Recognize the Signs
Many Veterans (and non-veterans) may not show any signs of intent to harm themselves before doing so, but some actions can be a sign that a Veteran (and non-veteran) needs help. Veterans (and non-veterans) in crisis may show behaviors that indicate a risk of harming themselves.
Veterans (and non-veterans) who are considering suicide often show signs of depression, anxiety, low self-esteem, and/or hopelessness, such as:
Appearing sad or depressed most of the time
Clinical depression: deep sadness, loss of interest, trouble sleeping and eating—that doesn’t go away or continues to get worse
Feeling anxious, agitated, or unable to sleep
Neglecting personal welfare, deteriorating physical appearance
Withdrawing from friends, family, and society, or sleeping all the time
Losing interest in hobbies, work, school, or other things one used to care about
Frequent and dramatic mood changes
Expressing feelings of excessive guilt or shame
Feelings of failure or decreased performance
Feeling that life is not worth living, having no sense of purpose in life
Talk about feeling trapped—like there is no way out of a situation
Having feelings of desperation, and saying that there’s no solution to their problems
Their behavior may be dramatically different from their normal behavior, or they may appear to be actively contemplating or preparing for a suicidal act through behaviors such as:
Performing poorly at work or school
Acting recklessly or engaging in risky activities—seemingly without thinking
Showing violent behavior such as punching holes in walls, getting into fights or self-destructive violence; feeling rage or uncontrolled anger or seeking revenge
Looking as though one has a “death wish,” tempting fate by taking risks that could lead to death, such as driving fast or running red lights
Giving away prized possessions
Putting affairs in order, tying up loose ends, and/or making out a will
Seeking access to firearms, pills, or other means of harming oneself
If you are a Veteran or know a Veteran who is showing any of the above warning signs, please call the Veterans Crisis Line, chat online, or send a text message today; and non-veterans can call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 18002738255 (1-800-273-8255).
Don’t be scared to call; here is what happens:
When you dial 1-800-273-TALK (8255), you are calling the crisis center in the Lifeline network closest to your location. After you call, you will hear a message saying you have reached the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline. You will hear hold music while your call is being routed. You will be helped by a skilled, trained crisis worker who will listen to your problems and will tell you about mental health services in your area. Your call is confidential and free.
It’s the same for veterans! Same telephone number too.
Did you know there is a national disaster distress hotline too? If you know those having issues due to the Orlando shooting, please call or text!
- Call 1-800-985-5990
- Text the phrase “TalkWithUs” to 66746
The long and short of this long blog post is this:
You are my family. Yes, you, the wonderful person reading this. This means I love you and want only the best for you. I want you to live your life the best you are able. It is not necessary for you to feel or want the same for me but is greatly appreciated and accepted if you do. My resources are very limited and all I can truly offer is what you see. Please always feel free to reach out to me. If I can be of service, I will do all I can. I may not know the answer but I am certain I can either find it or point you in the direction to look. There is so much available to any person wanting more or needing help, you only need to look or ask. It may take sometime and much patience (with a little courage) but you will get what you need. I’m certain of it.
#AllLivesMatter #WeAllMatter #YouMatter #22Kill #22PushupChallenge #SuicidePrevention #thepowerof1movement #WriteOnSarah #semicolon