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  Suicide can be a delicate topic. There are many reasons why people avoid discussions about suicide. For some, it is painful to discuss because they know someone who has com- mitted suicide or they have seriously considered it themselves. Some fear alienating others or don’t know how to broach the subject in a comfortable way. Some worry that talking about it could lead someone to follow through on plans to commit suicide. However, suicide is one of those topics that we must talk about. It very well might
be painful or uncomfortable to speak about, but there is not a more effective way to prevent a suicide than to talk about it.
complete picture and they never will. There has, and always will be, a great disconnect between statistics and humanity. Statistics cannot tell the story of each human life that is lost. Statistics cannot describe the grief felt by those left behind. Statistics cannot tell us what people are thinking those last few minutes before they take their life. Statistics cannot tell people that they are loved and that there are people out there who care for them.
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NATIONAL SUICIDE PREVENTION AWARENESS MONTH
Often, individuals who commit suicide show no outward signs of their intentions and there are no definitive indicators that can predict if someone is going to attempt or commit suicide.
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                                     According to the Department of Veterans Affairs’ “2019 National Veterans Suicide Prevention Annual Report,” 6,139 Veterans of active mili- tary service committed suicide in 2017. That number does not account for those who served in the reserves and guards- men who were never federally activat- ed. If those reservists and guardsmen are accounted for the total number rises to 7,058 suicides in 2017. That is an average of 19.3 suicides a day and does not include those who died while still on active duty. When one is too many, the consideration that 19 Veterans com- mit suicide daily is gut-wrenching.
There are warning signs to watch and listen for such as talking about suicide, withdrawing from friends and family, extreme mood swings, talking about feeling trapped or hopeless, increased alcohol or drug use, risky behavior, giving away important possessions, saying good- bye to friends and family, or acting extremely anxious or agitated.
If you are struggling with thoughts of killing yourself, call (800) 273-8255 or text 838255 to reach the Veterans Crisis Line, (800) 632-5449 to reach the Crisis Team at Summit Pointe
or call 911. Likewise, if you suspect someone is having thoughts of killing themselves you can contact the above numbers. It can be scary or intimidat- ing to openly talk about suicide, but communication is key when it comes to preventing suicide.
 The statistics regarding suicide in Veterans can be confusing and over- whelming. They do not paint a
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