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"My sons died fighting different battles.   Depression, Post Traumatic Stress Disorder and Traumatic Brain Injury are all just as deadly as heart disease, cancer or diabetes if left untreated.  The military has trained medical professionals that can diagnose and treat these illnesses with hope of complete recovery.  It truly is a sign of strength not weakness to let someone know you or someone you love is not ok.  It takes courage to reach out for help." 

 

After the broadcast General Graham addresses soldiers directly. This message is far more valuable than the broadcast!

 

News: Retired Army general, wife share story of loss
11 September 2013
Retired Army Maj. Gen. Mark Graham, a mental health advocate visits Soldiers with the Third U.S. Army/U.S. Army Forces Central Command to share his story during the annual suicide prevention training, at Shaw Air Force Base, S.C., Sept. 11, 2013. Graham spoke about the loss of both of his sons, one son to a roadside bomb in Iraq and the other to suicide
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Combating the stigma of suicide:
An Army story
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General Speaks Out On Military Suicides After Losing His Soldier Son

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The chairman of the joint chiefs of staff, Admiral Mike Mullen, warned recently that the number of military suicides will likely increase as large numbers of troops return home after multiple deployments. Mullenís warning comes on the heels of a Pentagon task force report that found the militaryís suicide prevention efforts, even after theyíve been beefed up, are still inadequate. We speak to Army Major General Mark Graham, a leading figure in that prevention effort. Gen. Graham lost both of his soldier sons, one in combat and the other, a promising ROTC cadet, to suicide in 2003.

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RESOURCES DESIGNED SPECIFICALLY TO ASSIST UNFORMED PERSONNEL:

For information about Suicide Prevention Month or to request a suicide prevention presentation, or to seek assistance for someone contemplating suicide, call the Employee Assistance Program at 842-0895 or 843-9897.

Fox Army Health Center's Behavioral Medicine 955-88, ext 1930
Chaplain Services 842-2174, 842-2176 or 541-6359
Huntsville/Madison County Mental Health Services 533-1970
National Suicide Prevention Hotline 1 800 273-8255
Hope 1 800 874-2433
VA Readjustment Counseling Services 1 800 271-1000

 

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