Oregon Military Vets have a suicide rate three times higher than the national suicide rate overall. With the age range of 35-54 and 55-74 accounting for the largest numbers. Veterans are also more likely to use a firearm than non-veterans.
Matthew A. Miller, PhD, and Executive Director with VA Suicide Prevention is part of a campaign called “Don’t Wait Reach Out,” which aims to destigmatize veterans reaching out for help, when they are struggling with thoughts of suicide.
The VA is also partnering with NSSF to get the word out on the best practices to help prevent suicide, with focusing on proper gun storage, and “walking away” to give time and space between negative thoughts.
Head to keepitsecure.net for additional resources from the VA and NSSF on lethal means safety and secured storage.