Since September 11, 2001 more than 100,000 veterans have died on the battlefield of personal despair. Suicide takes the lives of more than 43,000 Americans every year; 20 each day are veterans. More than 5,000 teens across the US attempt suicide every day and it is now the second leading cause of death among young people after automobile fatalities.
Suicide is a national crisis. Through your support of the No More Suicide Campaign AFM is raising the banner of awareness, training thousands of community caregivers.
AFM Executive Director, Kenneth Koon has conducted more than 500 successful suicide interventions using the models he teaches in the I Will Intervene Challenge. More than 6,000 caregivers have now taken the Challenge to do the same.
Just as individuals learn the skills of CPR in order to help someone having a heart attack; so the skills in suicide intervention help those at risk. The fact is on any given day you are 20X more likely to encounter a person thinking of suicide than you are a person who needs CPR.
What to look for...
Risk factors can be those things over which an individual may have no control such as age, gender, ethnic group, family environment, place of birth, where a person lives.
Risk factors may also include the things that happen to a person over which they feel they have little control such as bullying, family history of suicide, physical or sexual abuse, diagnoses of physical or mental illness, availability of means to harm, alcohol or substance abuse, incarceration or loss of a job.
Warning signs are often seen in the behavior of individuals; the things a person may say or do. Warning signs may include the following:
Protective factors buffer individuals from suicidal thoughts and behavior and may include:
"Faith, family and the local gym where the three keys to rebuilding my own resilience and restoring my hope during the most difficult challenges in my life." Chaplain Kenneth Koon
Thinking of suicide?
Call the National Crisis line