"So Many People Hurting"

"So Many People Hurting"

by
Abby Zimet

The U.S. Army reported a record number of suicides
in a single month even as they launched a new suicide prevention program and veterans testified before Congress that more needs to be done. Thanks to multiple deployments to Iraq and Afghanistan, suicides for the first half of the year are up 12% over 2009, and veterans are deemed more than twice as likely as others to take their own
lives. The cruellest part: It's usually once they come home. A new Army suicide prevention video is here.

Linda Bean told the House Veterans' Affairs Committee that she failed to see the signs before her son, Army Sgt. Coleman Bean, shot and killed himself in 2008: "I was so grateful to have (him) home that I
overlooked that he was drinking too much, was irritated, was isolated from his friends...That’s what the ads
should talk about. ‘You’re home and you’re suicidal’ doesn’t
resonate.”

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