September is National Suicide Prevention Month, and an event to raise awareness regarding suicide among veterans is scheduled for Saturday, September 12, at 7 p.m.
Nathan Thompson with the Newnan Veterans Day Committee said the event, held on West Court Square, is to let veterans suffering from PTSD and depression know they are not alone.
Thompson said he was inspired to reach out to the community after the recent suicide of a 33-year-old Army veteran from Mississippi who shot himself in the head live on Facebook.
More than 78,000 veterans died by suicide between 2005 and 2017, according to the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA). Veteran suicide deaths rose from 5,787 in 2005 to 6,139 in 2017.
In the active military, the National Guard – with a suicide rate of 30.6 per 100,000 – has the highest rate of any branch, according to the most recent Department of Defense Annual Suicide Report.
“We lose thousands every year because there’s no one they can speak to,” Thompson said.
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