Suicide Is a Complex Puzzle

This puzzle looks different for everyone. It's why we believe that in order to heal for the long-term, we must use suicide-specific care to save lives.

All tools and techniques used at Stop Soldier Suicide are clinically woven together tailored to the individual in our care.

Treating suicide requires more than just crisis management. We believe in treating for the long-term. With suicide-specific treatment, clients are with us for as long as it takes.

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How Trauma Changes our Brain

Military service can be filled with traumatic events and frequent exposure. Quite frankly, these things can alter the way someone thinks and behaves. Trauma literally changes the brain.

Learning more about the effects of trauma might ultimately save a life.

You can help someone struggling with trauma by:

  • Learning their triggers

  • Providing reassurance of safety if someone shares their experience

  • Focusing on their strengths

  • Offering space for them to share their feelings

And more ...

These events don't have to define someone forever. Managing traumatic experiences in healthy and holistic ways can help.

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Know the Warning Signs of Suicide

Check for these warning signs to determine if a loved one is at risk for suicide, especially if the behavior is new, has increased, or seems related to a painful event, loss, or change.

  • Talking about wanting to die or killing themselves

  • Looking for a way to kill themselves, like searching online

  • Talking about feeling hopeless or having no reason to live

  • Talking about feeling trapped or in unbearable pain

  • Talking about being a burden to others

  • Increasing the use of alcohol or drugs

  • Acting anxious or agitated; behaving recklessly

  • Sleeping too little or too much

  • Withdrawing or isolating themselves

  • Repetitive stressful events

  • Extreme mood swings

How to Talk About Suicide

If a friend or loved one is considering suicide ...

  • Be direct and talk openly with them

  • Listen and allow them to express their feelings

  • Get involved and make yourself available to them

  • Offer hope that alternatives are available

  • Take action to remove lethal means

  • Encourage them to seek help from a licensed professional

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