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Stop Soldier Suicide CEO Interview on WRAL News

This week news station WRAL in Raleigh North Carolina interviewed our CEO, Chris Ford, about our fight to help veterans struggling with PTSD. The segment aired Tuesday, January 15th and focused on the challenges veterans face transitioning from active duty, and the work that Stop Soldier Suicide is doing to help.

“Suicide is really a public health crisis,” Chris says in the interview. He explains that the combination of traumatic events, mental health issues, substance abuse, access to firearms, and social isolation can create a perfect storm for returning veterans.

Public awareness about veteran suicide is one of our highest priorities this year. The interview, which can be viewed here, also gave Chris the opportunity to explain how our organization is working to help soldiers and veterans who are suffering.

“We’re trying to destigmatize the issue around mental health and suicide as a whole — given that this is the only leading cause of death in the United States that isn’t decreasing,” he says in the video.

Stop Soldier Suicide helps veterans and their family members in any way we can, including financial assistance, applying for benefits, or finding mental health services. If you or someone you know are a veteran or military family member who could use a hand, please contact us. 

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Stop Soldier Suicide provides support and resources to all past and present military and their families. We do not provide direct clinical services or therapy, nor are we a crisis center.