Social Media Campaigns Aim for Awareness of Veteran Suicides
If you have noticed more significance around the number 22 on social media, you are not imagining things. Several initiatives are using this number as the call for awareness of a very serious issue: veteran suicides.
A 2012 study from the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) estimated 22 veterans committed suicide every day in 2010. The number 22 stood out as a glaring problem that needs immediate attention, and thus began the significance of 22.
The 22-Pushup Challenge is a popular viral video challenge where veterans and friends of the military perform 22 pushups in honor of veterans lost to suicide. The movement is gaining traction, with famous actors and Olympians performing the challenge and issuing it back to another famous friend.
Buddy Check on 22 is another social movement that started as a small Facebook group which has grown to more than five million participants worldwide. The group has expanded to other social sites that provide lists and locations of emergency resources for suicidal veterans.
The initiative has also created a network of veterans and civilians dedicated to ending veteran suicides by lending a friendly ear when someone needs help.
Perhaps the strongest component of Buddy Check on 22 is the communities it inspires. Local meetings of veterans are popping up on the 22nd of every month under the Buddy Check on 22 premise. Attendees check in with each other, offer help and support, and check in on anyone in the group who does not show.
Learn About the Veterans’ Benefits and Resources Available to You
Substance abuse, homelessness, health concerns, and mental trauma are common reasons veterans commit suicide. The VA has programs to help with all of these situations, along with its Veterans Crisis Line.
The Disability Help Group provides assistance to veterans seeking disability benefits through the VA. Contact us at 800-800-2009 to schedule a consultation with our disability advocates today.