Veterans’ Lived Experience Series

Veterans’ Lived Experience Series: Suicidality – Symptoms, Experiences, and Resources

Presented by Veterans Health and Wellness Foundation and GMU’s Military, Veterans, & Families Initiative

13 April 2021 – 1pm

The rate of suicide in the military has increased 40% since 2014, from a rate of 18.5 per 100,000 to 25.9 per 100,000. The rate of suicides in military veterans is slightly higher, at more than 27 per 100,000. In addition, in the US, it is estimated that there are approximately 30 suicide attempts for every 1 suicide completion. Thus, suicide is a highly prevalent concern.

In addition to the tragic loss of life that comes with a completed suicide, living with suicidal ideation is incredibly painful. In this installment of the “Veterans’ Lived Experience” series, George Mason’s MVFI and the Veterans Health and Wellness Foundation partner to bring you one veteran’s story of struggles with suicidality, along with commentary and resources from a mental health expert who works with service members and veterans who experience suicidal ideation and attempt suicide. Join us to hear from MSG Tom Cruz, an Army veteran and recipient of the 2017 SAMHSA Voice Award in Consumer Family Peer Leadership, and Dr. Sarah Carter, Research Scientist with the Suicide CPR Initiative at the Uniformed Services University for Health Sciences.

About This Event

The rate of suicide in the military has increased 40% since 2014, from a rate of 18.5 per 100,000 to 25.9 per 100,000. The rate of suicides in military veterans is slightly higher, at more than 27 per 100,000. In addition, in the US, it is estimated that there are approximately 30 suicide attempts for every 1 suicide completion. Thus, suicide is a highly prevalent concern.

In addition to the tragic loss of life that comes with a completed suicide, living with suicidal ideation is incredibly painful. In this installment of the “Veterans’ Lived Experience” series, George Mason’s MVFI and the Veterans Health and Wellness Foundation partner to bring you one veteran’s story of struggles with suicidality, along with commentary and resources from a mental health expert who works with service members and veterans who experience suicidal ideation and attempt suicide. Join us to hear from MSG Tom Cruz, an Army veteran and recipient of the 2017 SAMHSA Voice Award in Consumer Family Peer Leadership, and Dr. Sarah Carter, Research Scientist with the Suicide CPR Initiative at the Uniformed Services University for Health Sciences.

https://www.army.mil/article/211754/msg_cruz_shares_his_lived_experience_of_suicide_attempt_to_help_others