While I have never had suicidal thoughts I’ve written openly about my struggle with depression and General Anxiety Disorder (GAD) and how I would call the Suicide Hotline just for someone to talk too. As I think back I believe I had been experiencing depression and anxiety on and off since high school ,but it wasn’t until my husband deployed for the first time that it triggered something. For the first time I couldn’t bring myself out of it . I did seek treatment and even though I am doing MUCH BETTER now , it took sometime for me to break out of that cycle.
Despite my experience with it there are many military spouses and family members of military personnel who are suffering and in fact suffering so bad that they are thinking about and committing suicide at an alarming rate. The story and CNN video series “The Uncounted” visits the question of : what is war’s true toll?
At the urging of military family groups, a report was given to Congress on what it would take to track suicides of military service family members. “The Uncounted” is a story that dives deeply into this issue and provides an intimate portrait of what these families have gone through. The story is told through the eyes of a sibling, a spouse, parents and a teenager.
To discuss the aspects of this layered story, CNN will be hosting two online chats today that we hope you can join. The first is at 11amET in the comments section of the story, where CNN writer Ashley Fantz will be answering questions alongside two mental health counselors. In the afternoon, there will be another chat on CNN’s Facebook page at 2pmET to open up a wider discussion about this controversial topic.
If you have ever wrestled with thoughts of taking your own life and are the family member of military personnel please tune into what I believe will be an informative and deeper look at people battling the same situation.
CLICK HERE to watch The Uncounted video series.
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