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About 20 US Veterans die by suicide each day. The effects of war on Veterans’ mental health most often extend past their time in service, as they suffer from increased rates of Major Depression and Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder. With effective treatment, we can heal the wounds of our nation’s Veterans.

This Veterans Day, we’ve partnered with The Headstrong Project, an organization providing effective mental health treatment for post-9/11 veterans and their families, to share the stories of Veterans’ mental health experiences and their resilience in the face of often significant hardship and trauma. It is important that we draw attention to these staggering statistics and the difficult transitions that Veterans experience upon their return home – in an effort to educate ourselves, destigmatize the Veteran mental health experience and increase mental health funding & resources for this disproportionately impacted community.

We honor their service, bravery, and the sacrifices they have made for our country.

About 20 US Veterans die by suicide each day. The effects of war on Veterans’ mental health most often extend past their time in service, as they suffer from increased rates of Major Depression and Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder. With effective treatment, we can heal the wounds of our nation’s Veterans.

This Veterans Day, we’ve partnered with The Headstrong Project, an organization providing effective mental health treatment for post-9/11 veterans and their families, to share the stories of Veterans’ mental health experiences and their resilience in the face of often significant hardship and trauma. It is important that we draw attention to these staggering statistics and the difficult transitions that Veterans experience upon their return home – in an effort to educate ourselves, destigmatize the Veteran mental health experience and increase mental health funding & resources for this disproportionately impacted community.

We honor their service, bravery, and the sacrifices they have made for our country.

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Amanda - Navy
Amanda - Navy
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“Letting go of the physical baggage was the beginning of an incredible journey.”

Jorge - Army
Jorge - Army
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“I don’t know if the world had changed that much, but I know I had.”

James - Marines
James - Marines
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“I don’t think my mind was ready for that type of discipline.”

Pasha - Army
Pasha - Army
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“When my dark days do happen, I feel very much misunderstood and alone.”

Pete - Army
Pete - Army
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“Now I have the resources to recognize when I’m having a depressive episode, and the resources to do something about it.”

Blenda - Navy
Blenda - Navy
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“They just abandoned me, but now I’m on the right track.”

Danny  - Army
Danny - Army
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“My family has been unpacking this baggage that I brought with me.”

Challen - Air Force
Challen - Air Force
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“I still can’t do large crowds without panicking. I try to avoid them as much as possible.”

Tahlia - Air Force
Tahlia - Air Force
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“Today I feel okay. I still have my moments, but I’m here and I’m happy…”

Jorge - Marines
Jorge - Marines
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“I know that I’m a work in progress.”

Kevin - Air Force
Kevin - Air Force
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“I try my best daily just to make the best out of each day.”

Jake - Air Force
Jake - Air Force
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“Initially when I got back, I had a tough time connecting to anybody.”

Amanda - Navy
Amanda - Navy
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Jorge - Army
Jorge - Army
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James - Marines
James - Marines
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Pasha - Army
Pasha - Army
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Pete - Army
Pete - Army
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Blenda - Navy
Blenda - Navy
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Danny  - Army
Danny - Army
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Challen - Air Force
Challen - Air Force
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Tahlia - Air Force
Tahlia - Air Force
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Jorge - Marines
Jorge - Marines
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Kevin - Air Force
Kevin - Air Force
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Jake - Air Force
Jake - Air Force
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How to
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your story:

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Make sure you're ready to talk about your mental health story. If you don't want to talk about your mental health experience or journey, you don't have to. The choice is completely up to you.
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You may use this platform to share publicly, or to keep your stories private for yourself. If you decide to share your experience publicly, your story will be available on the website for anyone logged in to see.
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Define your key message. Think about what you would like the audience to know about your story. We want to hear your authentic voice, but we also want to offer an inspiring message of hope to those hearing your personal experience.
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Educate your network. People may see your story and reach out for help. Remember, there are many resources to direct them to. If you feel they are in crisis, recommend Crisis Text Line, a free 24/7 confidential crisis intervention service via SMS. Text COALITION to 741741 to speak to a trained crisis counselor.
How to talk about mental health

IN AN
EMERGENCY

If you or a friend need urgent assistance, call 911 immediately, or take your friend directly to the emergency room. If you feel it’s safe, stay with your friend, or find someone to stay with them until help arrives.

Call 911

IN A
CRISIS

You are never alone. Help is always available. For immediate support 24/7, reach out to the Crisis Text Line by texting COALITION to 741741, or call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-8255. It’s free and it’s highly confidential, unless it’s essential to contact emergency services to keep you or your friend safe.

Call 1-800-273-8255

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