Wednesday, May 8, 2019

Smartest people on PTSD were not even invited to the room?

Want to know why suicides tied to military have gone up?

Wounded Times
Kathie Costos
May 8, 2019

There is a huge difference between what is happening right now, and what was happening before all the wrong awareness became a billion dollar industry.

In the movie "Now You See Me" there is a line about always being the smartest guy in the room.

The thing is, the one who thought he was smarter, turned out to outsmarted by the one he thought he trapped.  (If you saw the movie, you know the brilliant ending. If you didn't see it, well worth watching.)

I can assure you that the smartest people on PTSD and suicide, were not even invited into the conversation. They are the people I learned from over 3 decades ago.

They made me smart enough to know that if the DOD actually pushed the research project designed for school kids, on members of the military, it would be a disaster.

May 29, 2009, almost ten years ago, I warned that Comprehensive Soldier Fitness would make it worse and, suicides would go up. They did. 

When you tell a member of the military, they can train their brains to become mentally tough, you ended up preventing them from getting the truth, and knowing that PTSD has more to do with the strength of their emotional core. This BS ended up telling them it was their fault, and the the DOD messed things up even further by kicking out members who asked for help, or acted out because they felt they could not ask for help.

Now, all these years later, we are still reading about how they haven't figured out why suicides have gone up after all the "efforts" and money spent. You know, the stuff that Congress has been paying out with our money...and holding no one accountable, including themselves.

I hope that by now you have figured out that when politicians take over, it does not matter which party is in control, we end up getting stuck with the bill. We usually end up getting stuck with things just as bad, or worse, because they did not think to ask the people with the answers.

So, to toss a bigger load into the pile, we have social media making simple communications...simple.

Give the fact that people can take pictures of their McDonalds chicken nuggets with the breading taken off and turn the question of peal or not, into a such a hot topic, it got into the New York Post,
"In the following days, the post quickly amassed more than 2,500 “likes” and 19,000 shares." We have completely lost the ability to pay attention to important stuff going on.

Take the "suicide awareness" raisers running around the country as if veterans didn't know they were already killing themselves. That is yet one more reason why the numbers of veterans we failed went up, instead of down. 

This is what raising awareness has done
"Health officials also warn about the possibility of "suicide contagion" — meaning that people who are exposed to a suicide or attempted suicide within their family or friend group, or who hear about it in the media, may be at greater risk of suicide themselves."

They do not need to be reminded they are losing this war. They need to know that there is a way they can win this battle and live a better life!

Veterans and suicide risk: The warning signs — and how to get help

CBS News
MAY 8, 2019

The suicides of at least four military veterans at Veterans Affairs facilities last month has captured the attention of advocates and members of Congress. According to data released by the VA, there were more than 6,000 veteran suicides each year from 2008 to 2016. Data published in 2017 found the risk for suicide was 22 percent higher among veterans.

The recent suicides come after President Trump signed an executive order in March mandating a veteran suicide prevention task force.

A combination of individual, relationship, and societal factors contribute to the risk of suicide, health officials say. Mental illness, including depression and anxiety, is also a risk factor for suicide. But it's important to remember there isn't just one cause.

"A lot of very smart people are looking at this and saying it's multifactorial. We don't really understand why there's such an increase," CBS News chief medical correspondent Dr. Jon LaPook said on "CBS This Morning" last June, after the suicide deaths of Kate Spade and Anthony Bourdain. "One of the things we keep coming back to when these surprising events happen is you never know what is in somebody's head."
read more here

Anyway, now you have the answer to that part anyway. BTW, too bad they do not even know they are way off on the number they talk about too!

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