KENTUCKY (WTVQ)- 22. That’s the number of veterans who commit suicide every day, a number that hasn’t changed in years.
Suicide was listed as the 10th leading cause of death in 2018. That’s why it’s so important to raise awareness of the preventable deaths.
The 22 push-up challenge became a national phenomenon in 2018 and many still take part. The idea is to do 22 push-ups a day throughout the month of September, which is National Suicide Prevention Month.
The Kentucky National Guard has done this every day since the start of the month.
But it’s about more than just doing push-ups. It’s a way to show those struggling with thoughts of suicide they aren’t alone and there is help.
“We can make a difference if we are aware of somebody who has suicidal ideations. We can intervene. We can bring them the help, we can get them the help. And it will give them a new direction for the course of their life,” says Brig. Gen. Hal Lamberton, the Adjutant General of the Kentucky National Guard.
If you or someone you know, is having thoughts of suicide, there is help available, and it is okay to ask. Call 1-800-273-TALK. The line is available 24/7.