Suicide Prevention Lifeline to Help a Soldier.
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No amount of military training can ever prepare a soldier from the horrors of war. Being able to see firsthand the deaths of so many people is something that will be carved into a soldier’s mind forever. This might cause permanent psychological effects on the person. That’s why there are so many reported cases of soldiers committing suicide.
These people often tend to withdraw oneself from family and friends, and always have the constant feeling of self-blame for all the things that he or she may have witnessed in war. These are suicidal tendencies that should never be ignored. In fact, they must be taken seriously and addressed as soon as possible.
This is where the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline can help you. Its goal is to help prevent suicide cases by giving assistance to the person in need. It provides services in a national scope, making it accessible to anyone in the country through its 140 crisis centers. Contrary to the thought that it will spare you from all problems, it causes even more problems than you can ever imagine. Remember that there is always hope, and the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline could just be what you need to find that hope.
The number that you need to dial is 1-800-273-TALK (8255). It’s a toll free number that’s open 24 hours a day and 7 days a week. Should you know anyone who might need help, this hotline will connect him or her with countless people who can help the person.
For soldiers in particular, pressing 1 will connect the caller with the Veterans Suicide Prevention Hotline, where he or she will be able to speak with trained counselors who specialize in dealing with the special case of soldiers. Some of these counselors are even veteran soldiers themselves, so they definitely know what the person in need is going through. Don’t worry about not getting through because even if all the counselors are preoccupied, there is a back-up system that will reroute your call to other counselors as well.
You need to be open to how much the call can help you or your friend who has suicidal tendencies. That’s why you shouldn’t be ashamed to ask for help. Trust that the counselor on the other line will never turn away your call for help, nor will he or she judge you for your problems. These people are trained to be able to understand whatever you might say to them, so don’t hesitate to say how you feel, even if you think they’re crazy.
There is also a hotline that’s specially intended for Teletypewriter (TTY) users. The number is 1-800-799-4TTY (4889).