September is National Suicide Awareness Month and some of our biggest helpers are hurting.  More than 20 Veterans take their own life EVERY DAY.  According to the Department of Veteran Affairs, Veterans are TWICE as likely as civilians to die at their own hands.  Why is this?  And more important, what is being done to STOP it?

During the month of September, the Your Oxygen Mask First Podcast is HONORED to be showcasing some of the men and women who are fighting to keep our Veterans alive and able to thrive.  We will be sharing their stories of struggle and heartbreak; but also, their stories of healing and resilience.

We can’t help anyone if we are not talking about the problem. By opening a dialogue and having authentic conversations surrounding the challenges and stigma, solutions and resources appear.  As a civilian, I can never really truly know the horrors and inner demons these brave men and women face.  But by listening to their powerful stories, I now have an understanding…a glimpse of their challenges and have already applied some of this knowledge in my professional life. 

The “Conversations Around Veteran Suicide” series aims to educate and provide resources for both military and civilian alike, in hopes to end the stigma and this devastating cycle.  I hope you enjoy it as much as I enjoyed recording it with my new friends.

If you or someone you know may be thinking of suicide, please contact the Veterans Crisis Call Line at  1-800-273-8255 and Press 1, Text 838255, or visit the episode pages for more resources.