FUTURE HOME OF THE PATRIOT CENTER

My office has had the pleasure of working with the Patriot Project USA and recognizes them as the most effective private veterans suicide prevention organization in the country.

Susan Rainsford, Mental Health Services Dept. of Veteran Affairs

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THE PATRIOT PROJECT USA  ANNOUNCES THE CONSTRUCTION OF THE "PATRIOT CENTER" LOCATED IN KANKAKEE COUNTY, IL.

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Patriot Project USA© is a National 501(c)3 Veterans Organization with offices in several cities across the United States.

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"STRUGGLING WITH PTSD/TBI AFTER I WAS DISCHARGED I FELL INTO A DARK PLACE EMOTIONALLY. MAKING ONE BAD DECISION AFTER ANOTHER LIFE SEEMED TO BE HOPELESS. MY MOTHER URGED ME TO CONTACT THE PATRIOT PROJECT USA, I HAD BEEN IN COUNSELING MANY TIMES IN THE PAST, BUT NOT LIKE THIS."

TODD MARTIN
ARMY, VETERAN


THE FIRST THREE STEPS ARE THE MOST IMPORTANT STEPS IN SAVING A LIFE

Awareness

The first step in the Patriot Project USA’s plan to end veteran suicide is to tell everyone that the problem exists. Very few people are aware that each day in this Country twenty two Veterans, on average, will commit suicide.

The Patriot Project USA raises awareness through its fundraising efforts. Each week the Patriot Project USA reaches ten of thousands of people through its storefront fundraising at various commercial retail locations. The Patriot Project also raises awareness through its point of sale fundraising campaign and cause marketing.

Each year the Patriot Project USA is present at fairs and festivals throughout the Country raising awareness and the Patriot Project USA is asked to speak at dozens of events each year educating people on how to end veteran suicide.

Ending veteran suicide begins with raising awareness. Veteran suicide will never end unless people are made aware that the problem exists.

Education

The second step in the Patriot Project USA’s plan to end Veteran suicide is to educate everyone about the signs that exist when a Veteran is either contemplating committing suicide or who has decided he or she is going to commit suicide.

Please refer to the “About Suicide” section of this website which contain a list of suicide warning signs.

Intervention

The third step in the Patriot Project USA’s plan to end veteran suicide is intervention.

There are a number of myths about suicide. Suicide is not usually unpredictable. In close to 80% of all cases, the suicidal person has given a warning sign. Friends and family members of a veteran who learn of a warning sign should speak to the veteran about receiving immediate help through emergency services or other forms of mental health treatment. Friends and family members can provide supportive listening, empathy and encouragement to develop a safety plan. Safety plans include sources of support, self soothing activities and reasons for living.

 The Patriot Project USA has developed three veteran participation programs that are designed to encourage Veterans. Please refer to the “Mission/ Programs" section of this website to learn more about these programs.

Talking to a friend or family member about their suicidal thoughts and feelings can be extremely difficult for anyone. But if you're unsure whether someone is suicidal, the best way to find out is to ask. You can't make a person suicidal by showing that you care. In fact, giving a suicidal person the opportunity to express his or her feelings can provide relief from loneliness and pent-up negative feelings, and may prevent a suicide attempt.

Ways to start a conversation about suicide:

"I have been feeling concerned about you lately."

"Recently, I have noticed some differences in you and wondered how you are doing."

"I wanted to check in with you because you haven’t seemed yourself lately."

Questions you can ask:

"When did you begin feeling like this?"

"Did something happen that made you start feeling this way?"

"How can I best support you right now?"

"Have you thought about getting help?"

What you can say that helps:

"You are not alone in this. I’m here for you."

"You may not believe it now, but the way you’re feeling will change."

"I may not be able to understand exactly how you feel, but I care about you and want to help."

"When you want to give up, tell yourself you will hold off for just one more day, hour, minute—whatever you can manage."

Respond quickly in a crisis:

If a friend or family member tells you that he or she is thinking about death or suicide, it's important to evaluate the immediate danger the person is in. Those at the highest risk for suicide in the near future have a specific suicide PLAN, the MEANS to carry out the plan, a TIME SET for doing it, and an INTENTION to do it.

The following questions can help you assess the immediate risk for suicide:

  • Do you have a suicide plan? (PLAN)
  • Do you have what you need to carry out your plan (pills, gun, etc.)? (MEANS)
  • Do you know when you would do it? (TIME SET)
  • Do you intend to take your own life? (INTENTION)

  • If a suicide attempt seems imminent, call a local crisis center, DIAL 911, or take the person to an emergency room. Remove guns, drugs, knives, and other potentially lethal objects from the vicinity but do not, under any circumstances, leave a suicidal person alone.

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"I REACHED OUT TO THE PATRIOT PROJECT USA AT A TIME THAT I COULDN'T SEE LIVING IN MENTAL AGONY ANYMORE. THROUGH COUNSELING WITH NOT ONLY ME BUT WITH FAMILY MEMBERS PRESENT, I WAS ABLE TO GET MY LIFE BACK ON TRACK, ALSO I STARTED WORKING FOR THE PATRIOT PROJECT!"

CHRIS DODGE
USMC, VETERAN