Suicide Petition PTSD

August 15, 2013

Show your support for veterans coping with PTSD and  depression.

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On January 3, 2013, President Obama signed into law  the Mental Health Access Act of 2012, expanding and standardizing DOD and VA  suicide prevention programs. Despite legislation to address the suicide  epidemic, veterans remain twice as likely to commit suicide as civilians. Urge  the DOD to follow through on its moral – as well as legal – obligation to  veterans and active-duty military.

Goal: 20,000 • Progress: 21,434
Sponsored by: The  Veterans Site

Suicide rates among the military and veterans continue to rise each year.  Such a complicated issue will require a complicated response, but there are  immediate steps that can help reduce the risk.

Insurance coverage for PTSD and depression treatment is imperative. Nation- and state-wide  crisis hotlines can help those who feel they have nowhere to turn. We need to be  able to have open and honest conversations about suicide; not shroud it in  mystery.

But a solution requires more than providing the resources; it means  overcoming cultural stigmas that perceive seeking help as a sign of weakness in  an atmosphere that prides itself on independence and self-reliance. Those most  at risk of suicide are the least likely to seek help, fearing repercussions to  career and prestige.

Every person’s life has meaning. Sign the petition asking the  Department of Defense for more comprehensive recognition and assistance for  suicidal veterans.

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Dear Secretary Chuck Hagel:

We cannot afford to lose any more of America’s dedicated men and women to  suicide. Among active duty military, suicides have come to outnumber deaths from  combat; veterans, meanwhile, are twice as likely to commit suicide compared to  the national average. In short, we’re not doing enough to make sure our service  members are taken care of psychologically once they return from duty.

Often, coming home from battle can mean returning to another, more perilous  war at home — a war of the mind and one that cannot be won without help from  professionals. In addition, vets must contend with higher-than-average  unemployment and homelessness, factors that drive up suicide rates  nationwide.

I’m aware of the life-saving measures the Department of Defense has  implemented to reduce the occurrence of veteran suicide, including setting up  nationwide crisis hotlines and establishing more comprehensive mental health coverage. But  telephone hotlines aren’t enough, because over 6,000 veterans take their own  lives each year. This epidemic requires a comprehensive and coordinated approach  that acknowledges all of the contributing factors and brings together all of the  stakeholders in pursuit of a solution.

Please work with your colleagues to make sure veterans are getting the care  they need.

Thank you.

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