Received this call to action from NAMI yesterday:
Help Support Suicide Prevention for Our Military and Veteran Heroes
“This is an opportunity for the NAMI community to make a difference for the 22 veterans who die by suicide every single day,” Daniel Williams, Chair, NAMI Veterans and Military Council.
Please contact your United States Senators and Representative and urge them to support the passage of The Clay Hunt Suicide Prevention for American Veterans Act (H.R. 5059)! Lawmakers will vote on this bill this week and we owe it to our military and veteran heroes to ensure that it passes.
What is Included in the Bill?
The Clay Hunt Suicide Prevention for American Veterans Act, or simply the “Clay Hunt SAV Act” will:
- Increase access to mental health care.
- Boost capacity to meet mental health care demand.
- Improve the quality of care for troops and veterans.
- Provide seamless care from the Department of Defense to VA.
- Develop community support for veterans nationwide.
What Can You Do To Help?
The Clay Hunt SAV Act has strong bipartisan support, but we need you to contact Congress TODAY to ensure that our military and veterans receive the support they deserve.
That’s what matters most…getting the word out!
I feel like I’m cheating when I just copy and paste content from emails or web pages, but I reference the sources and get the messages out.
Thank you so much for being on the NAMI pulse of important topics like this one, Kitt!!!
Thank you. I filled out NAMI’s online letters to my congressional representatives. My heart goes out to your brother-in-law and to your family. Thank God your brother-in-law hadn’t harmed himself. Suicidal depression is a living hell. I know first hand.
Thanks for sharing Kit – this is so important. My brother in law has returned from Afghanistan with bad post traumatic stress. He was ashamed and hid it for a year from his family. He is now getting help – but still not well enough to work and is uncomfortable in most social settings – a far cry from his former highly ranked role in the Army. A couple of nights ago we realised we hadn’t heard from him for a few weeks – and neither had his friends (he lives interstate). We panicked and asked his friend to go check on him. Turns out he was having a really rough time – and hadn’t let anyone know. Luckily, he hadn’t harmed himself – but it made me realise how quickly these things happen. If you’re in the US, I’d encourage you to sign this petition. Mariska xx
Great information! Thanks Kitt!