Blog | PTSD

2017: Veterans Making Positive Changes in a New Year

Author: Stop Soldier Suicide
Date: January 23, 2017

NOTE: We thank Donna Fitzgerald for this guest blog. As advocates of military vets, we try hard to connect and understand the experiences they had during their tours of duty. While some vets had positive experiences, hundreds of thousands of veterans have returned home with physical pain and mental images that can’t be erased. Returning home …Read More

Tags:

NAMI Homefront: Learn how to help Veterans with Post Traumatic Stress

Author: Stop Soldier Suicide
Date: December 12, 2016

  Do you know someone like my brother’s neighbor?  He never backed down from a challenge during his three tours of duty in Afghanistan. After returning home from combat after his third tour, however, his crippling military post traumatic stress disorder began to take its toll.  He wondered if he would ever recover.  His thoughts …Read More

5 Ways to Improve PTS (Post Traumatic Stress) Symptoms

Author: Stop Soldier Suicide
Date: December 1, 2016

This is a guest blog by Jane Moore, a writer and someone who suffers depression. Her passion for writing led her to want to blog her ideas on how to help Veterans who are struggling with PTSD. While there are many ways a person can work to improve their Post Traumatic Stress (PTS) symptoms, you …Read More

Tags:

How Stop Soldier Suicide’s numbers add up to helping Veterans.

Author: Stop Soldier Suicide
Date: October 9, 2016

The value of our program is that we STAY CONNECTED with our clients by initiating the calls. We are averaging nearly 12 calls per client this year alone. If you or someone you love deserves a better path for their life, please connect with us.

Tags:

In Her Words: Why You Should Contact Stop Soldier Suicide

Author: Stop Soldier Suicide
Date: September 2, 2016

Amanda Goodlin was ignored. She was told to call 9-1-1. She felt alone but knew if she could just get to the right help, she’d be ok. She turned to Stop Soldier Suicide and found hope. “Thank you so much for your time Ms. Amber [case worker for Stop Soldier Suicide]! You are amazing and your …Read More

The War Within – Complete Series

Author: Stop Soldier Suicide
Date: June 29, 2016

Why We Won’t Talk to You “He wouldn’t open up. I tried . . . I tried so hard it hurt. Now, he is gone forever. If he would’ve just talked to me, I could have helped him . . .” Suicide survivors are left behind in a haze of shock and disbelief. In the …Read More

The War Within Part 5: Finding Hope

Author: Stop Soldier Suicide
Date: June 26, 2016

The War Within Part 5: Finding Hope “Warriors deal with death. They take life away from others. This is normally the role of God. Asking young warriors to take on that role without adequate psychological and spiritual preparation can lead to damaging consequences. It can also lead to killing and the infliction of pain in …Read More

The War Within Part 4: Finding The Way Home

Author: Stop Soldier Suicide
Date: June 25, 2016

 The War Within Part 4: Finding The Way Home Perhaps one of the greatest metaphors for the return from military service is also one of the oldest. The Greek Hero Odysseus was returning from war in Troy home to Ithaca in Greece. As depicted in the map, the most direct journey would have been less than 600 …Read More

Part 3 – Why We Respond The Way We Do – The Mind

Author: Stop Soldier Suicide
Date: June 24, 2016

The War Within: Why We Respond The Way We Do – The Mind “I hate war as only a soldier who has lived it can, only as one who has seen its brutality, its futility, its stupidity.” Dwight D. Eisenhower One day in particular stays with me . . . I did not routinely fly …Read More

Part 2: Why We Respond This Way – The Body

Author: Stop Soldier Suicide
Date: June 23, 2016

Part 2: Why We Respond This Way – The Body The basic reason why service members and Veterans respond this way is actually very simple: It is both expected and normal. Yep. I know what you are thinking. What you are experiencing is nothing you ever expected, and there is no way you believe the …Read More

Why Your Veteran Loved One Won’t Talk To You

Author: Stop Soldier Suicide
Date: June 22, 2016

Part 1: Why Your Veteran Loved One Won’t Talk to You “He wouldn’t open up. I tried . . . I tried so hard it hurt. Now, he is gone forever. If he would’ve just talked to me, I could have helped him . . .” Suicide survivors are left behind in a haze of shock …Read More

What Stigma? An Explanation to Why the Stigma Exists

Author: Stop Soldier Suicide
Date: April 21, 2016

  You’ve heard it before – the Stigma: The negative perception of weakness and exclusion attached to any service member who admits to conditions of anxiety, post-traumatic stress disorder, or another, related deployment health condition. The Stigma represents the most formidable barrier for service members seeking mental, behavioral, or related emotional health services. To understand the strong foundation …Read More

The Relationship Between Running Shoes and Deployment

Author: Stop Soldier Suicide
Date: March 22, 2016

How Many Deployments Is Too Many? After my last, year-long deployment, I took to running. I was never a runner before, and to be honest, I did it as a promise to my wife. We wanted to share in an activity that we both could enjoy. Admittedly, I did not enjoy this activity at first. …Read More

Veteran Crisis Response Training Proves Veteran Lives Matter

Author: Stop Soldier Suicide
Date: March 14, 2016

What Does a Veteran’s Crisis Situation Look Like?  Imagine this: A combat Veteran, with diagnosed or un-diagnosed conditions such as Post-Traumatic Stress, Anxiety, or Traumatic Brain Injury. His only source of income is the education stipend he receives from the GI Bill. He can’t hold a job because he doesn’t sleep at night, and when he …Read More

How to Start Healing from PTS and Anxiety

Author: Stop Soldier Suicide
Date: February 25, 2016

I don’t know the first thing about horses. When you tell someone who has no knowledge or experience with horses that a single day in the round-pen with a horse can be a first step toward healing and learning to trust again, I tend to have my doubts. But I saw it happen . . …Read More

Why the VA Crisis Line Story Should Bother You

Author: Stop Soldier Suicide
Date: February 18, 2016

I think we can agree that the VA Crisis Line story  – crisis calls going to voicemail – bothers each of us. What we might not agree on are the reasons why this story is so disturbing. Sure, I want what I think we all want. When a Veteran calls the crisis line, someone is there …Read More

How Can One Veteran Help Another Veteran?

Author: Stop Soldier Suicide
Date: February 17, 2016

Share your story. That is most powerful way one Veteran can help another Veteran.   I know it is hard to talk about, and I discuss that in this interview. It took a dear friend, a mentor who was willing to share his own, honest struggle with PTS before I sought assistance for my own anxiety. …Read More

Case Management: What Does It Look Like?

Author: Stop Soldier Suicide
Date: February 16, 2016

“I like the name, ‘Stop Soldier Suicide’, but what does your case management look like? What do you guys do?” We don’t provide treatment, and we don’t provide counseling. We are not a crisis center, so I think it fair to wonder what exactly we do in our Resource Center. Here’s the answer: We connect …Read More

A Veteran Remembers 9/11

Author: Shawn Jones
Date: September 11, 2015

Today marks the anniversary of the most deadly terror attack that happened on U.S. soil.  We lost 2,977 mothers, fathers, brothers, sisters, friends and battle buddies, which solidified us as a nation and let the world see our determination and unity when confronted with adversity. President Bush best described it when he said, “Today, our …Read More

Tags:

Losing Mark: My story of military suicide

Author: laura black
Date: September 4, 2015

Written By Karen Richards Nichols. In memory of her husband, Mark, who tragically took his life in 2014. We all know the statistic: Every day 22 veterans take their lives. As a nation, we have recognized the issue, assistance programs are in place. Things have changed, but too many veterans were taught “PTSD is for …Read More

Suicide Prevention Month: A Military Veteran’s Journey into Transcendental Meditation

Author: Nick Black
Date: September 2, 2015

I’m a Veteran and a Founder of Stop Soldier Suicide. When our Chief Marketing Officer asked me to write a blog for Suicide Prevention Month, I groaned. I don’t read blogs. But then it hit me, I could write about my recent experience with meditation—Transcendental Meditation (TM). An old commander once told me, “The first …Read More

Tags:

A Veteran’s Perspective on Veterans Day

Author: Shawn Jones
Date: November 11, 2014

Today is Veterans Day– a day we use for  rest and free time with friends and family, possibly even cooking out on the grill.  Ask yourselves though what is the meaning of this day and how or what can I do to embrace this day.  Let’s look at the history just briefly. World War I …Read More

The tragedy that is veteran suicide: Jim Medige, failed by the “system” created to help him.

Author: laura black
Date: September 19, 2014

This is a blog from a friend, Pam Garnett, of  SPC James Medige. His brother sent it to us to  honor Jim who took his life on August 16, 2014, and in the hopes this story can help save others in their time of need.  AUTHOR: Pam Garnett (See original article) The day that I …Read More

Tags:

Suicide Prevention Month. Veterans, remember, you are never alone.

Author: Shawn Jones
Date: September 2, 2014

Article author Shawn Jones is a 20-year Veteran of the Air Force and Army, now retired. He has a Bachelor’s degree in psychology and his Master’s degree in Social Work. He writes this article to his brothers and sisters in arms so they know there is a place to turn to, no matter what. As …Read More

June 27, 2014, is NATIONAL PTSD AWARENESS DAY, but does it really help?

Author: laura black
Date: June 27, 2014

We have these national days to bring more awareness to issues like PTSD, but do you think they help? Has it helped you in any way? We try to use EVERY DAY to bring awareness to the epidemic numbers of us who are taking their lives because of PTSD or TBI or depression or you …Read More

Tags:

Interviews to raise awareness of PTSD and Veteran and Soldier Suicide

Author: laura black
Date: November 10, 2013

I was honored to give an interview to NPR locally in North Carolina about Stop Soldier Suicide’s Movie Night For Life event, and Brian Kinsella, CEO, was featured on WILKOW! on Veterans Day to talk about PTSD and suicide awareness. We’re pushing the buttons and demanding our voices be heard to help stem the tragedy …Read More

The scary truth about soldier and veteran suicides

Author: laura black
Date: October 25, 2013

Bryan Bowman, a veteran in Ohio, posted some pictures on our Facebook the other day. We shared them. They were scary. But true. He made 22 tombstones and put them in his yard to help raise awareness of the epidemic numbers of Veterans and Soldiers who are taking their lives EVERY DAY in our country. …Read More

A Tidal Wave of Military Suicides is Coming

Author: brian.kinsella
Date: September 24, 2013

Recently I was asked to write an article for the Huffington Post about my experience with Soldier suicide for Suicide Prevention Month. My fear and the reality of the situation is that there is a “tidal wave” of military suicides coming and we have to be prepared to help these men and women in the …Read More

Why Did I Help Found Stop Soldier Suicide? For My Fellow Servicemen.

Author: nicholas.black
Date: September 6, 2013

EDITOR’S NOTE: NICK BLACK, COO OF STOP SOLDIER SUICIDE, PRESENTS THIS FIRST IN A SERIES OF BLOGS FROM STOP SOLDIER SUICIDE CORE TEAM MEMBERS DURING SUICIDE PREVENTION MONTH. In 2010 I was deployed for the second time to Afghanistan. I remember the exact moment when I decided enough was enough. It was winter, and I …Read More

Categories:
Awareness PTSD

Transcendental Meditation, PTSD & a WWII Pilot’s Healing Story

Author: laura black
Date: July 23, 2013

Today we welcome a guest blogger to Stop Soldier Suicide, Jerry Yellin. He talks about his heroic military history, struggle with PTSD before anyone knew what it was, and how TM (Transcendental Meditation) helped him heal. Jerry is currently serving as the Co-Founder of Operation Warrior Wellness. Want more information on TM for Veterans and Soldiers? …Read More

Categories:
PTSD

A Letter from a Veteran on Struggling with Suicide

Author: laura black
Date: February 18, 2013

In October 2012, Brian Kinsella, CEO and Founder of Stop Soldier Suicide, went to the streets to bring awareness to his cause. Ride For Life was a 5,500-mile journey across America. On this 2-week motorcycle-led convoy, Brian invited others to join him and ride as far as they wanted. Many Harley devotees and military Veterans …Read More

Categories:
Awareness PTSD