While many of us suffer from depression, anxiety, and a wealth of other mental health issues, it is important to remember that help is available to us at all times. There is currently a video of a military veteran committing suicide on a Facebook Livestream that is storming the internet and social media. The video is extremely graphic and, according to many TikTok and Facebook users, is being hidden in the middle of innocent-seeming videos and even in children’s YouTube videos. It is incredibly unfortunate that this man felt the need to commit suicide due to the loss of his job and girlfriend. This article will provide information on some warning signs of suicide and how to receive help if you need it.
The phone number for the suicide prevention hotline is: 1-800-273-8255. The website also offers a virtual chat and numerous resources to help. They offer resources for anyone who has attempted suicide, those suffering from a loss, the LGBTQ community, the deaf and hard of hearing, veterans, and many others.
Some of the warning signs of suicide according to the SuicidePreventionLifeline are:
Mental disorders, particularly mood disorders, schizophrenia, anxiety disorders, and personality disorders.
Alcohol and other substance abuse
Impulsive or aggressive tendencies
History of trauma and abuse
Major physical illnesses
Job or financial loss
Loss of relationship
Stigma associated with asking for help
Lack of access to healthcare
While this is not a definitive list, it can be helpful to keep an eye on someone who is suffering from any of these issues. It is also important for us to check on the people we love and care about. It is important to notice any changes in behavior and even though the conversation may be uncomfortable, bring it up to someone you think might be suffering from suicidal thoughts and ideations or someone who has attempted suicide.
It is important to note that 22 veterans a day commit suicide, and this number is not lessening. Veterans face an increased rate of homelessness and have a hard time transitioning back into civilian life after service.
The above website includes resources and programs for veterans to receive the help they need.
If you or someone else is suffering from suicidal thoughts, please reach out and ask for help. If you or someone else, especially children, have seen the unfortunate video of this veteran’s suicide, do not hesitate to reach out to a counselor or someone you trust to talk about it and try to clear your head. These images are extremely graphic and disturbing and can cause traumatic memories in those who view them.