The sacrifice and bravery of our veterans and those who have served our country is immeasurable. Unfortunately, many of these heroes struggle with the emotional scars of their service.

Trauma, grief and depression are just some of the challenges that they face, leading to an increased risk of suicide and self-harm — but there is hope.

The Facts About Veterans and Mental Health

Suicide is a major issue in the veteran community, with veterans taking their lives at a far higher rate than the rest of the American population.

According to the Department of Veterans Affairs, veterans are 1.5 times more likely to commit suicide compared to non-veteran adults. The VA also reports that on average, 20 veterans die by suicide every day.

These statistics are a painful reminder of the toll that military service can take on a person’s mental health. Glen Oaks Hospital is dedicated the providing mental health services that help veterans in crisis. If you or a loved one is struggling, please reach out to us at 903-454-6000.

What to Do If You Know a Veteran Who Is Struggling

If you know a veteran who may be struggling, it’s important to be aware of the signs that they may be considering suicide. The top five warning signs include:

  1. Talking about wanting to die or to hurt oneself
  2. Talking about feeling hopeless or having no reason to live
  3. Talking about feeling trapped or in unbearable pain
  4. Talking about being a burden to others
  5. Increasing the use of alcohol or drugs

If you see any of these warning signs, it’s important to take them seriously and to seek help immediately. The signs and symptoms of suicidal thoughts or tendencies do not go away all on their own. These are not something that should be taken lightly, as the life of your loved one could be on the line.

It’s better to speak up before it’s too late. Getting help now could make a major difference and help to prevent your loved one from being just another statistic.

Help Is Available

Glen Oaks Hospital serves the mental health needs of veterans in a suicidal crisis. Their dedicated and compassionate staff understand the unique challenges that veterans face and are equipped to provide the care and support that they need.

Whether it’s through therapy, counseling or medication management, Glen Oaks is dedicated to helping veterans find peace and healing.

We owe it to our veterans to show them that we care and that there is help available. We must support them in their journey towards healing and let them know that they are not alone. Let’s show our gratitude for their sacrifice by being there for them in their time of need.