Veteran services

Veteran Suicide Awareness – WNKY News 40 Television

LOUISVILLE, Ky. — This week is National Suicide Prevention in America. Throughout the country, events are organized to raise awareness and train individuals in the identification of warning signs and first aid.

One group that is particularly high risk are those who have returned from serving our country and first responders. At the Louisville Veterans Club, free community training is held in hopes of saving veterans’ lives. Jeremy Harrell, founder of the nonprofit, told News 40 that this Thursday, from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m., a “lunch and learn” style training will be held at the Veteran’s Club in partnership with Veteran’s Affairs as they l ‘did. 2 years before. Harrell says he hopes to involve as many people as possible in bringing this type of programming to other Commonwealth communities.

Harrell mentioned in his interview that he often hears in the veteran community about not wanting to live after loss of mobility and other health issues. For this, he wants to encourage and reassure other veterans that they are appreciated, whatever their struggles. At this event, there will be peer group specialists, social workers and medical staff to help participants know what to look for, what questions to ask and how to encourage professional help.

Nationally, 17 veterans commit suicide every day. There are currently two hundred and fifty seven thousand veterans in Kentucky. If you want to learn more about the Veterans Club, you can check out the organization for yourself on Facebook.