More than 35,000 people took their own lives in the past year, and today we are losing more military soldiers to suicide than battle, according to Secretary of Army, John McHugh, who recently briefed America on the National Suicide Prevention Strategy.
This week is National Suicide Prevention Week, which helps raise awareness of the resources available to those who are feeling anxiety and depression that could lead to suicide.
National and local events are being held throughout the week including ribbon awareness day, a live Twitter chat on Friday and many other opportunities to get involved and help your loved ones. Learn more about the events and find one near you.
If you or someone you know is feeling anxious or depressed, you can call the National Suicide Prevention Hotline 24 hours a day at 1-800-273-TALK (8255) or you can chat with a counselor online.
Veterans and their families can call 1-800-273-8255 or go to Veterans Crisis Line for help preventing suicide.