Veterans of Gulf War & Other Wars Epidemic Suicide Rate
UK soldier and veteran suicides 'outstrip Afghan deaths'
Depression and Suicide Affect Our Nation
When stories of war veterans linked to high rates of depression and suicide end up in the New York Times you know we have serious issues. Reports from the specialization in psychiatry indicates hope can be found in ancient practices like meditation and yoga.
It seems a good number of Mind-Body centers have opened up in the different states to train hundreds of leaders and serve thousands of veterans. With these practices, many conditions can be healed besides PTSD. Of course, with breath work, stretching, meditation we can see improvement with depression, pain, sleep problems and even drug and substance abuse. I'm happy to hear about the investment in hours, program development, building usage to manage these types of disease. It proves that drugs are not the only solution or even any of the solution to so many of our emotional, mental and physical problems when we see succeed at a high rate in these severe cases.
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March 2013 report says Suicides Eclipse War Deaths for U.S. Troops | Suicides have increased even as the United States military has withdrawn from Iraq and stepped up efforts to provide mental health, drug and alcohol, and financial counseling services
As I was researching the epidemic suicide rate for young teens in contemporary American society, the stories that rose to the top of news headlines were related to war veterans. Numerous hubpage blogs talk about PTSD - Post Traumatic Stress Disorder and how the aftermath of war can destroy a human being.
- Please watch ~>>> the short video below showing the numbers who are affected in our nation.
This topic is important enough to be repeated, just so that more people learn about how to recognize a person who is depressed and help someone who might be considering suicide as a way out. I'm learning there are many sides to this health disorder. Afer a 5-month investigation, a CBS News report lists these points: cbsnews.com/stories/2007/11/13
- Data collected from 45 states shows that 6,256 men and women armed forces veterans committed suicide in the year 2005. Chief investigative correspondent Armen Keteyian and his investigative team found that veterans were more than twice as likely to commit suicide that year than non-veterans.
- Army Times | 18 veterans commit suicide each day, with 950 attempted suicides monthly by veterans who receive treatment from the Veterans Affairs department.
During the course of the investigation, the investigative team compiled a list of resources for how to find help and recognize the warning signs of mental health issues that could also be warning signs for suicide.
Be on guard for these warning signs, courtesy of Department of Veterans Affairs :
- Talking about wanting to hurt or kill oneself
- Trying to get pills, guns, or other ways to harm oneself
- Talking or writing about death, dying, or suicide
- Rage, uncontrolled anger, seeking revenge
- Acting in a reckless or risky way
- Feeling trapped, like there's no way out
- Saying or feeling there's no reason for living
When we compare this to the teen suicide story, we see some similarities.
- Renee called her friends to "TALK" about what was happening and desire to commit suicide
- Self Harm: CUTTING oneself, taking an overdose of pills, buying a gun, etc.
- Writing about death, dying, or suicide in journals, poems, songs and cutting the words in the skin. We've all seen words written across a mirror.
- Hopelessness is a major sign
- Rage, uncontrolled anger, seeking revenge - this may be particular to veterans who have had experience in a war/battle situation. It could be related to youth who are in gangs or have been bullied in school or a neighborhood, or being a victim of rape which is all too common in war, but not spoken about often enough.
- Acting in a reckless or risky way - what might be a display of courage could be showing a numbness or unfeeling or uncaring for self preservation
- Feeling trapped, like there's no way out is a common theme at all ages. Loss of freedom, success or achievement or way to provide for self and family.
- All humans need to find meaning in life and have a purpose. Saying or feeling there's no reason for living is another warning sign.
For more on mental health services contact the Dept of Veterans Affairs or call the VA's suicide hotline at 8 0 0 2 7 3 T A L K ( 8 2 5 5 ).
What is Happening?
What else could be depressing for veterans?
Latest News: Veterans of Gulf War have highest incidence of Louis Gehrig's Disease.
Veterans of the 1991 Persian Gulf War may be more than twice as likely to be stricken with Lou Gehrig's Disease [amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS)] than members of the general population.
Gulf War syndrome, which lists fatigue, joint pain, depression, balance problems and diarrhea among its symptoms, was first diagnosed in 1997 and is said to be linked to exposure to toxic chemicals.
These soldiers were also given mandatory vaccinations that could have effected their immune systems.
Scientific American | Government Cover Up of Agent Orange During Vietnam
An investigative team unearthed records showing that agent orange herbicide use, conducted in 1974, excluded 9,440,028 liters of herbicide. The researchers found that 1.9 million unaccounted for fly missions of Agent Purple was likely to have had a dioxin content of as much as 45 parts per million, while Agent Orange is thought to contain 13 parts per million. An investigation of prostate cancer rates for these veterans is now in progress.
This Inner Turmoil is A Result of Loss, Grief, Shock and War
Suicide in American is a Hidden Epidemic ~ No Longer!
These people are hurt, in pain, lost, abandoned, helpless and desperate. What is the TRUE cost of war? What is the price tag of a life and the destruction of a family unit? Does anyone care? What are the benefits of sending more people into a battle that cannot be won?
The amount of shock, horror, hate, pain and death the veterans witness is enough to switch off the natural emotional balance that many of us take for granted.
Do Americans know what exactly these young people are being trained to do and what conditions we are sending them into?
The infrastructure to care for these individuals is not built into the system. The economy is depressed, not just the emotional state of all Americans. How can we take care of this problem?
Now that we, as Americans, know about this increasing problem we must speak about it to friends and family. When veterans hear us talking, they will feel their problem is out in the open. They may speak up. They may reach out for help.
Do you have a connection to a veteran who has contemplated or committed suicide?
The Hidden Numbers from the Present Wars
We are Not Prepared
What is needed to help these war torn individuals? Just as the TWLOHA program started from the grassroots efforts of a few individuals who were touched by the story of one young teen, so too, more programs must spring up around the nation of similar substance. Provide a loving caring nurturing facility to rehabilitate these individuals. Going back to the warning signs may give us some hints.
- We need trained Counselors to provide a Listening Ear
- A safe house facility where emotionally unstable individuals cannot obtain instruments of harm
- A program that shows how Journaling Can be part of the Healing Process
- Providing the hope that is needed for a better future through re-education programs that result in employment
- Anger management classes will be a natural outcropping from the other therapies
- How can we teach the difference between an insecure war situation and a safe home life so that these individuals do not feel they must take drastic measures to feel themselves in the world? How can they feel touch again?
- We must help these people get in touch with a once felt feeling of freedom, instead of the boxed in sensation of being trapped in a life of pain, loss, guilt, regret, self hate, etc.
- What do we do to make life meaningful? One concept is to provide a way for these veterans to help others in need. Helping your fellow humans is a major way to feel needed, loved, cared for by caring for others.
Reuters | A new kind of Veteran's Hospital for traumatized victims. The government will open five special units to provide services to military sustained multiple and brain injuries. Along with the physical damage, these war survivors will also deal with emotional and mental traumas.
New military units will be using special training of medics, evacuation speed and new anti-coagulant drugs to prevent clotting and keep blood flowing, which in turn prevents aneurisms or blockage of blood to nourish tissues and organs, including the brain.
Wouldn't it be awesome if these personnel were taught to use a simple homeopathic remedy such as ARNICA?
What About The Children?
As a side note. Just take a look at what this war does to all the members of the family, the classroom, friends and family members. This is just the beginning of recovery.
Physical Brain Damage
Lest I forget the actual physical damage from bomb blasts, this is a real and definite cause of PTSD and fear of harm, nervous disorders and tissue damage.
This is Just One Voice
Links Recommended by Allen, the gentleman in the Video
- U.S. Senate: Senators Home
- PTSD Combat: Winning the War Within | Research, news + views on healing traumatic stress
- Army Dismissals for Mental Health, Misconduct Rise : NPR
The Pentagon has released detailed statistics on the number of troops being discharged for mental-health problems such as post-traumatic stress disorder. The numbers raise troubling questions about how the military is handling mental-health issues.
Let us turn things around
Suicide In The Military: What Is Killing Off Our Troops
- Suicide In The Military: What Is Killing Off Our Troops
The title of this Hubpages, "Veterans of Gulf War & Other Wars Epidemic Suicide Rate" highlights the startling statistics and rising rates of suicide in the veteran populations. DIYweddingplanner also want's to know what is killing off our troops? She tells us that of the 468 soldiers who committed suicide in the year 2010 the majority did not get deployed overseas, but suffered from many common symptoms of stress and mental illness. High on the list of concerns observed was self medication through alcohol and drugs, discord within families and the pressures of economic instability.
Being diagnosed with a mental illness puts a mark on a person's record, but, the recognition of so many problems has eased the stigma somewhat.
The hub concludes with a list of signs for friends and family members to observe as changes away from good coping skills toward suicidal tendencies.
Comprehensive Soldier Treatment Plan Report | A training program to be flexible, reframe tragedy, bounce back while going through the steps of grieving like anger and sadness. And, most importantly, learning that it's okay to ask for help as a sign of strength, rather than a sign of weakness. This new controversial psychological counseling program helps people focus on the positive rather than sink into the negative aspects of life. Fascinating that they say, 'everything begins with thoughts!" Maybe there is hope in the world. Search PBS NewsHour | July - Dec 11 PTSD
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