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How this CrossFit Gym is Supporting Soldier Suicide

By: Sissel Svenkerud

Veterans are at 50% higher risk of suicide than their peers who have not served!

Some Key Takeaways you should know:
• Total veteran suicides in 2017 increased slightly to 6,139;
• Veteran suicide rates increased from 25.7 in 2016 to 27.7 in 2017;
• Like 2016, in 2017, the suicide rate for veterans was 1.5 times the rate
for non-veteran adults;
• VA entirely re-calibrated the way it calculates the number of suicides per
day. The new count for veterans who die by suicide each day is 16.8 for
2017 (compared to 16.4 for 2016); and
• Between 2016 and 2017, the suicide rate of veterans NOT in VA care
rose 11.8%; the rate of veterans who recently used VA care rose 1.8%
(not a statistically significant increase according to the VA).

You can here see that the numbers are going in the wrong direction We know about all the pushup challenges and hashtag campaigns to bring more awareness to this problem, we need more intentional efforts to meet veterans where they are and to directly support them before, during and following crises. We must do more in the community to identify at-risk veterans and get them into holistic, supportive services. Thankfully, the current Administration is finally recognizing the need to partner more in the community to solve this problem. But, maybe, just maybe, we need to get in front of this problem. Like, way “in front.” I’m talking about before they even join the U.S. military. Building a mental health track for new service members to support their mental well-being by addressing pre-service traumas is a more plausible option than just passing them by in the first place. And, it’s better for the military (and the country) as a whole. After all, strong mental health is just as crucial for a service member as physical fitness and strength.

Virginia 100 Challenge to run/walk 100 miles to support Stop Soldier Suicide.

CrossFit Fort Dobbs has a goal to raise $1000 to Support “Stop Soldier Suicide” Virginia 100 miles run/walk challenge. The Challenge is FREE, but we ask that you pay a $30 deposit.
– If you complete the challenge you can decide if you want your $30 back
OR donate the $30.
– If you do not complete the challenge the $30 will be donated.

Everyone that completes the challenge will get a valuable prize from CFFD. A Spread Sheet is made, so we can keep each other accountable! Facebook group with name “CFFD Supports Stop Soldier Suicide” Interested to know more about this? Do not hesitate to reach out to us on Facebook at CrossFit Fort Dobbs or through Instagram @crossfitfortdobbs. Our Vision is plain simple #Humble #Hungry #Happy

– Sissel
Owner CrossFit Fort Dobbs

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