In 2012, the VA released a Suicide Data Report that an average of 22 veterans are KILLED By Suicide everyday. Suicide prevention is a very difficult task to undertake, especially when the general public is unaware of the issue in the first place. In order to prevent or “fix” a problem, one must first learn and understand the problem itself and its causes. By educating ourselves, we’ll be able to identify the triggers that can lead someone to thoughts of suicide, and confront those issues as they come, rather than letting them accumulate into something much worse.
To help the 22KILL organization raise awareness, Senior Marketing Specialists participated in the “Pushups to Honor Those Who Serve” campaign. Members of our staff did 22 push-ups a day for 22 days to raise awareness for combat veterans. Really think about that, 22 vets a day are committing suicide, it’s tragic and we need to challenge ourselves to raise awareness. If you know of someone who is in need of help, call 1-800-237-8255
If you would like to help raise awareness the rules of the campaign are simple:
* Every day you will record yourself completing 22 push-ups. Try your very best to reach 22. If that means doing assisted (from your knees) push-ups or that you have to stop and take a break that’s fine but try to get them all done in one video. Be sure to have fun with this.
This is a simple and fun way to get the word out about a matter that more people need to be aware about. These brave men and women put their lives on the line to protect our freedoms only to get out and feel lost. It’s sad that so many good veterans feel that suicide is the only way out.