Veteran speaks at American Foundation for Suicide Prevention event
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03-06-15 Category: Mental Health

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On March 7th, U.S. Army veteran Scott Bramer will speak on behalf of the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention. Suicide continues to be a devastating outcome for patients suffering from health disorders such as depression and post-traumatic stress disorder. Because of this startling issue, raising suicide awareness continues to be a pressing and significant matter. Bramer will touch upon the crisis of suicide in our society as well as solutions that may assist in preventing suicide from occurring.

During the speech, the speaker plans to recount how he has personally witnessed post-traumatic stress disorder, or PTSD, in fellow service members. He will also reveal statistics illustrating the growing number of veterans who have recently committed suicide. Bramer notes that much focus has been on recent veterans of the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan who have committed suicide. However, he also points out a Department of Veterans Affairs Study stating nearly seven out of ten veterans who committed suicide were over the age of 50. He will go on to explain that, despite these statistics, suicide affects younger victims as well.

Bramer will also mention a recent briefing released by the Department of Veteran Affairs. This states that male veterans under 30 are three times more susceptible to suicide than civilian males of the same age. The demographics with the highest instances of suicide include male veterans aged 18 to 24 and female veterans. Firearms are the most common method in both of these groups. This method also continues to be the most frequent form of suicide in the United States overall.

Because of statistics such as these, the speaker will be urging the audience to practice certain prevention methods to decrease the likelihood of suicide. This includes educating friends and family about associated warning signs and joining a support group as necessary. Trauma support meetings will allow the sufferer to be amongst others also experiencing such symptoms. Bramer will refer listeners to the AFSP website and mention a number that sufferers should call in a crisis: 1 800-273-TALK (8255). The speaker also plans to touch on the concept that suicide is a permanent solution to a temporary problem. Friends and family members will often experience trauma of their own as a result of knowing someone who has committed suicide.

Sovereign Health of California seeks to provide effective crisis intervention in patients who are experiencing symptoms such as suicidal ideation or have recently made a suicide attempt. We have extensive experience in treating those who suffer from conditions such as depression and post-traumatic stress disorder. This includes cognitive behavioral therapy with a special emphasis on trauma due to the circumstances. Antidepressants may also be prescribed both for those suffering from depression, as well as PTSD. Our goal is to help provide clients the tools they need to be able to move forward and lead a happy, healthy life. Suicide prevention means acting quickly, so that one does not make such a tragic decision. To help oneself or a loved one, contact our admissions team today at (866) 819-0427.

Scott Bramer is a Case Manager for Sovereign Health Group. If you would like to learn more about his story, you can email him at

Written by Ryan McMaster, Sovereign Health Group writer

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