NATIONAL Spokesperson for Closing the Door to Suicide - Recommended by the wife of a Navy Seal and in support of Navy SEALS and their Families
Suicide is increasing at an alarming rate in the United States. It is time to address this as the problem that it is. Until we as a nation recognize this it will continue to rise. This risk of suicide is much higher in those that have PTSD post traumatic stress disorder. In the world we live in today more and more people are exposed to traumatic events. Such as natural disasters, shootings, our country has been at war for many years. Taking a heavy toll on all of us. The increase of the symptoms of stress related to traumatic events affects all of us in some form putting our society at increased risk of suicide. There is help for all of us and it starts here NOW with these videos. Below I have listed some statistics of suicide.
According to Admiral William McRaven who led the Special Operations Command in Tampa, FL stated " that members of the elite units like the Navy SEALS and Army Rangers have proved prone to depression and self-harm over the past two years and this year, I am afraid, we are on the path to break that. Over the past two years special forces personnel are committing suicide in record numbers. My warriors have been fighting now for 12 to 13 years in hard combat. Anybody that has spent any time in this war has been changed by it." Precise figures were not provided , it is well known that the U.S. military has been struggling with suicides for a long time. In 2012, the estimated 350 active duty servicemen and service women across the American armed forces that have committed suicide surpassed the number lost in combat.
According to the Veteran's Administration the current suicide rates are 22% higher then civilians. Among female veterans the rate is 150 % higher then male veterans for committing suicide. At present we are loosing 20 veterans daily to suicide.
In the general population according to the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention, suicide is the 10th leading cause of death in the US, 44,193 Americans die by suicide each year. For every suicide 25 attempts are made. Suicide costs the US $51 billion annually. On average , there are 121 suicides per day in the US. In 2015 the highest suicide rate (19.6) adjusted per 100,000 was among adults between 45 and 64 years of age. The second highest rate (19.4) occurred in those 85 or older. Younger groups have had consistently lower rates than middle-aged and older adults. In 2015, adolescents and younger adults aged 15 to 24 had a suicide rate of 12.5