Veteran suicide prevention starts with simply talking

There are some alarming new numbers surrounding mental health and suicide.
Published: Oct. 1, 2022 at 11:27 PM CDT
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HASTINGS, Neb. (KSNB) - There are some alarming new numbers surrounding mental health and suicide.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reported about 48,000 people died of suicide in the United States last year. That’s nearly 1700 more than the year before.

Veterans are disproportionately affected, according to the CDC in 2019 there was an estimated 17 veteran suicides per day.

Officials with the Nebraska Department of Veteran’s Affairs there are ways loved ones can help veterans who are contemplating suicide.

“Take the time understand where the person is and give yourself, give of yourself, spend the time with that veteran,” NDVA Director John Hilgert said. “Someone is having a hard time, someone is showing some issues that hey we need to just sit down, take a time out listen, we need to be there for that veteran and that is up to all of us. Frankly, every Nebraskan should be a resource.”

Hilgert also said just talking with a someone going through a difficult time could potentially save a life.