Zero suicide initiative: Military veterans
On average across the nation, 20 veterans die by suicide each day. One out of every 10 Montanans has answered the call to serve in the military, each with their own unique story of service and experience, and some with invisible wounds. "Veterans have a unique experience in that they are exposed to dangers that potentially increase their risk of mental illness if treatment isn't sought, and then increase their risk for suicide. Add that to the culture of don't tell anyone when you're feeling mentally ill or don't share, and there's this really silent struggle that our veterans deal with," explained Juliana hallows, Montana VA Suicide Prevention Coordinator.
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