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DCoE Facebook Event Remembers Those Who Died by Suicide

By Sarah Heynen, DCoE Public Affairs on September 18, 2013

The Defense Centers of Excellence for Psychological Health and Traumatic Brain Injury (DCoE) will host “Week of Remembrance,” a virtual event on Facebook, Sept. 23-30, to remember service members and veterans who lost the battle to suicide.  DCoE encourages survivors who lost someone to suicide to post photos, memories and artwork of their loved ones online.

Week of Remembrance, Suicide Prevention Awareness Month, Sept 23 - 30, 2013

“Week of Remembrance” coincides with Suicide Prevention Month, observed in September by the Defense Department and related organizations. The main goal of DCoE communication efforts this month is to highlight information and resources that encourage people to seek help for psychological health concerns, suicidal ideations, or intervene with those at risk.  Prevention and mental health resources can be found on the DCoE website and the Defense Suicide Prevention Office website, the lead Defense agency on suicide prevention, resilience and survivor assistance.

Two other resources dedicated to survivor assistance are the Tragedy Assistance Program for Survivors (TAPS), which  provides tragedy assistance to anyone who has suffered the loss of a military loved one, regardless of the relationship to the deceased or the circumstance of the death, and Sesame Street’s Military Families Near and Far, which offers resources to help talk to children about grief and loss.

Confidential support for military members is available 24/7 from the Military Crisis Line by phone 800-273-8255 (press 1), text 838255 or online chat

Comments (8)

  • Linda Hughey 19 Sep

    Last year we lost our Brandon. He was the oldest grandson, oldest son, left a son and a family that has been torn ever since. it has been horrible to say the least. All the questions, why, could we have stopped it from happening, is he in heaven or hell now, for a few. as it gets closer to the date when it happened, it is harder to handle. His Birthdate has passed and the family did a remembrance thing in his name, that was hard, but it was a happy note to it, because it was something he had always said he wanted to do. We all miss him so much and hope to see him again, in a better place with no hurt, just love.
  • DCoE Public Affairs 19 Sep

    @Linda, Thank you for sharing this with us. We are sorry to hear about Brandon and hope your family continues to heal. Please continue to share your story with others as you never know who it may help.

  • Kelly Wilson 20 Sep

    August 14, 2009 I lost my 21 yr. old daughter Jamie Leigh Wilson to suicide. She was a beautiful daughter, sister to Jordon, granddaughter, cousin, niece and friend to many. Every day that goes by she is greatly missed, loved, remembered and cherished. We don't have answers to why she left us, but we live to make a difference that others do not choose to leave us in the way she did. Just Live is a newly formed non-profit that we started with a mission to make a difference so others may just live! Fish on my little Jamie!
  • DCoE Public Affairs 20 Sep

    @Kelly, We are sorry to hear about Jamie and hope your family continues to heal.  We thank you and your family for the work you're doing to help others choose to live. Thank you for sharing with us.

  • Diana Luppens 23 Sep

    On Dec 2, 2012.....My son Ryan Michael ended his battle with PTSD by taking his own life. The pain among family and friends left behind is intense. We all loved him so much and thought we could love him through his PTSD. I started a foundation and a facebook page called RAKs for RYAN to raise awareness of PTSD and veteran suicide. Please check it out and help spread the word. These soldiers put their lives on the line during battle and then come home to an even bigger war. The war going on inside them is often unbearable and drives them to this terrible decision. There are more veteran suicides than combat deaths from this war. Something HAS to be done to help our soldiers upon their return from such life altering devastation. I love you Ry!!!! Love, Mom
  • DCoE Public Affairs 23 Sep

    @Diana, We are sorry to hear about Ryan and appreciate you sharing your story with us. Thank you for what you're doing with your foundation to help raise awareness of PTSD and veteran suicide. Please continue sharing.

  • Kevin & Joyce Lucey 29 Sep

    On June 22, 2004, we lost our son Jeffrey Lucey by suicide. He was a corporal in the USMC reserves. He signed on in December of 1999. Then September 11, 2001 happened - followed by War which was then followed by his return home. He struggled with PTSD. He was able to mask it for a time and controlled it - or so he thought. Those thoughts were driven by stigma - the fear of stigma. Then his controls fell apart. Three months later, Jeffrey committed suicide. He had reached out for services which were not there. Jeffrey's voice has been silenced so that we have now become his voice. He always wanted to help others. Regretfully this is how he has touched the lives of so many - through his own suffering and death. Based on 2010 statistics an average of 22 veterans per day is committing suicide - a veteran every 65 minutes. Jeffrey's story has been repeated time and time again. This must stop. Let the Legacy of all our loved ones and this nation's defenders be that these needless, tragic deaths never again be repeated; never let them be unknown, unacknowledged and uncounted - our loved ones' deaths are truly casualties of the War.
  • DCoE Public Affairs 01 Oct

    @Kevin and Joyce, We are sorry to hear about the loss of your son Jeffrey. Thank you for sharing your thoughts and his memory here with us. 


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