By the Numbers: Addressing Veteran Suicide

In September of 2017, the Department of Veterans Affairs released findings from its analysis of Veteran suicide data for 50 states, Puerto Rico and the District of Columbia. The findings were based upon a comprehensive examination of more than 55 million records from 1979 to 2014. Among many other things, they found that risk for suicide was 22 percent higher among veterans when compared to U.S. non-veteran adults.We lose a veteran to suicide every 72 minutes, equaling 20 veterans a day.

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Let me start from the very beginning

When you hear the word Depression I'm sure you don't think of anyone in elementary school. If you even think of kids being depressed, you might think of teenagers. You probably think of people who have something bad happen to them. But almost certainly, you don't think of a little girl still in elementary school, like me.

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Depression: It’s Not in Your Head

So if it’s not dysfunction of the brain, and antidepressants aren’t the answer, what do you do for depression? Let’s look at each of the causes for clues.

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