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An Indiana veterans-focused organization is helping care for the state’s veterans and stem the tide of veteran suicides through community initiatives.
“It’s a terrible, terrible thing – veterans dying by suicide – that we need to talk about,” said Matt Hall, an Army veteran from Fishers, Indiana, who is director of Indy Warrior Partnership (IWP). He told Fox News Digital that “IWP’s goal is to connect with these veterans, so we can help them feel supported.”
IWP, which launched last November, proactively connects with more than 100,000 area veterans to ensure access to quality resources in collaboration with the central Indiana community.
September marks National Suicide Prevention Month, which is one of the leading causes of death worldwide, especially among veterans. The veterans are one 50% increased risk of suicide than those who have not served.
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“Veterans in central Indiana report being overwhelmed by the many types of resources or, conversely, unaware of the resources available,” the IWP website states. “Collectively, the community has identified the need for proactive outreach to veterans, especially in suburban and more rural areas of central Indiana to educate them and connect them to direct service providers.
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Hall, who said he worked in the nonprofit veteran space in Indianapolis for about six years, pointed out that the IWP strives to help struggling veterans by making them “feel like there’s has a community around them”. He explained that the “four pillars” of their work are connecting with veterans, educating them, advocating for them, and working with other organizations to ensure veterans have access to everything they need. they need.
“We can help them feel like there are options and people to talk to when, you know, when the demons come in and the walls start to come down,” Hall said of the IWP’s work. with veterans struggling with suicidal thoughts. “So it’s more about reaching out to veterans, talking to veterans in that community.”
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“So it’s more about connecting and talking to veterans across the community, so that when they have these life-changing things, whether it’s job loss or fire or illness or something that, they know there’s a community out there supporting them and they can call and talk to someone or find help,” Hall said.
In 2021, the White House announced a new comprehensive strategy to address and reduce military and veteran suicide in the United States – calling the problem a “public health and national security crisis”.