Suicide Prevention Month

Suicide Prevention Month

 

September is Suicide Prevention Awareness Month, and we want to raise awareness on how you can protect yourself and your loved ones from this complex and tragic health issue.

In 2007 the VA established The Veterans Crisis Line, it is a free, confidential, 24-hour hotline for Veterans and their families/friends. Since its launch in 2007, the Veterans Crisis line has answered more than 1.25 million calls and made more than 39,000 lifesaving rescues. To reach someone right away you can dial a number and speak with someone, send a text, or just as easily start an online chat.

A recent report found that those receiving care from the VA had a 16 % decrease in suicide. Learning and watching for signs of concerning behavior can help you and your loved ones get help!

Some signs of concerning behavior include:

  • Hopelessness, feeling like there is no way out
  • Anxiety, agitation, sleeplessness, or mood swings
  • Feeling like there is no reason to live
  • Rage or anger
  • Engaging in risky activities without thinking
  • Increasing alcohol or drug use
  • Withdrawing from family and friends

If you notice any signs of concerning behavior here are some things you can do:

  • Start a conversation: Mention the signs that prompted you to talk to them. Stay calm and let the person know you want to help them. Don’t leave the person alone.
  • Listen, express concern and reassure the individual: Let the person know you care and that you take the situation seriously. Letting the person know you care will go a long way in establishing a support system.
  • Create a safety plan: Ask the person if they have access to anything that could harm them and call for help if you feel the situation is dangerous.
  • Get the individual help: Provide resources for the individual. Call the Veteran’s crisis line at 1(800)-273-8255.  Or if you feel the situation is severe, take the individual to the closest emergency room or call for help.

Individuals experiencing such thoughts and behavior can make simple yet effective lifestyle changes to help alleviate these harmful thoughts and behavior.  These can include getting exercise, taking time off of work, and spending time with friends and family to avoid isolation. Ultimately, anyone at risk or feeling uneasy should talk to their health care provider.

Christmas 2016

American Soldier Network for the 10th year in a row delivered our SWAG Bagsbags to our combat wounded ill and injured heroes hospitalized and at the Wounded Warrior Battalion on Camp Pendleton. This year Tito Ortiz the People's Champ, Actor Nick Searcy, NFL Star Adam...

Our Documentary Short “Vets Helping Vets ~ A Medal of Honor Surprise” is recognized & premiered in the  2017 GI Film Festival DC 5/26/2017

Our Documentary Short “Vets Helping Vets ~ A Medal of Honor Surprise” is recognized & premiered in the 2017 GI Film Festival DC 5/26/2017

ASN and Annie Nelson were thrilled to have our short “Vets Helping Vets A Medal of Honor Surprise” premired at the 2017 GI Film Festival in Washington DC. Such a great day and thrilled our partners Toyota USA could join us for the festivities

Help Us Deliver Some Christmas SWAG (Showing Warriors Americas Gratitude) Bags

Help Us Deliver Some Christmas SWAG (Showing Warriors Americas Gratitude) Bags

Dashing through the halls…the American Soldier Network will be once again delivering Christmas SWAG Bags (Showing Warriors Americas Gratitude) to our combat, ill and injured heroes this Christmas! We can not do it alone! WE NEED YOU, with your donations of IN Kind items, corporate sponsorship donations and funds to fill our bags. Please email us at info@americansoldiernetwork.org if you can be a part of this years SWAG Bags or you can donate now via this site on our donate button.
Thank you for helping us honor and thank our Warriors!
Event: Veterans Day to Remember at the Battleship IOWA Museum

Event: Veterans Day to Remember at the Battleship IOWA Museum

Veterans Day to Remember

On behalf of The American Soldier Network & The Battleship Iowa we would like to cordially invite you to a Veterans Day to Remember “Celebrating The American Spirit” on the LA waterfront. This event will be a day to celebrate our Veterans, Military, a historic Battleship and raise awareness & funds to end Veteran/Military suicide. Every 40 minutes a veteran takes his own life to suicide; we are losing 1 to 3 Active Duty military members to suicide daily. It is long overdue that we all come together to Save our Heroes here on the home front. 
This is also the conclusion of the“Show Your Soul by Donating Your Soles” used shoe drive to support American Soldier Network in their crusade to end veteran/military suicide. The used shoes will go to shoe our impoverished in third world countries, keeping them our of our land fills and the monies raised will go to the #HealingHappens Save our Heroes here on our Home Front campaign. 
The Battleship USS Iowa is a popular Los Angeles museum that provides families a glimpse into the past through a unique (and fun) experience aboard the only battleship museum on the West Coast. We have created a comfortable and relaxed browsing experience and invite your client to bring along a guest, there will be military present, vendor booths, refreshments and a family atmosphere. Along with media coverage.
TIME: 10:00 am ~ 5:00 pm
Location: The Museum is located at Berth 87 at the Los Angeles World Cruise Port Terminal at the LA Waterfront / Port of Los Angeles.  The Battleship IOWA Museum shares the parking lot with the World Cruise Terminal.

Parking is accessible from 1st Street & Harbor Boulevard.

The first hour is free, each additional hour is $2 with a maximum of $16 per day.

Address is:

http://www.pacificbattleship.com/

Battleship IOWA Museum
250 South Harbor Blvd.
San Pedro, CA  90731