Life Aid is focused on Suicide Prevention implementing a national program utilizing peer support and group physical activities enabling the courage to connect, empowering resilience to restore hope, to give America’s finest LIFE.
Our focus is reducing suicide through resilience by fortifying support systems through group activity, community service, and family support. No Vet Alone targets isolation related issues, which is a fundamental, overarching cause of suicide. We bring people together, to help or be helped, hastening how quickly we can directly impact lives in the face of increasing suicide statistics nationwide.
Our programs and networks change the lives of veterans, first responders and their families, by improving the issues they face: PTSD, mental health, physical wellness, homelessness, drug addiction, depression, MST, and the often underlying depression of isolation, which are the leading causes of suicide.
Uplift, Believe, Empower, Motivate
- 20 veteran suicides per day. 14 of the 20 are not users of VA services. (2014 VA study
- In 2012, 13 suicides per day in the United States alone occurred because of combat-based PTSD. (healthresearchfunding.org
- People who die by suicide are frequently experiencing undiagnosed, undertreated, or untreated PTSD/depression. (National Alliance on Mental Illness)
- 50% of those with PTSD do not seek treatment, out of the half that seek treatment, only half of them get "minimally adequate" treatment. (RAND study)
- 55% of women in the military developed a form of PTSD from sexual harassment and assault. (National Center for PTSD) and 76% do not report sexual assault (DoD SAPR)
- Veterans who live more than 70 miles away from services – typically those in rural areas - are twice as likely to commit suicide because they do not have the support network essential in maintaining a positive frame of mind
LIFE AID is committed to ensuring America’s Finest have access to programs that produce results and to that end, have invested in research to ensure our programs are effective.
- 62% of our participants reduce or eliminate prescription drug use: Opioids by 32%; Anti-Depressants by 62%
- 83% reduced PTSD-related stress attacks
- 58% reduction in direct costs for a participant for VA mental health care, including prescription drug cost
The Diagnoses most common in all suicides:
- Alcohol use disorder
The top suicide risk factors:
- Access to firearms
- Worsening of health status
- Relationship problems
- Decline in physical ability
Families reported that their Veteran specifically experienced the following prior to their death:
- Deterioration of physical health
- Medication concerns
- Recent diagnoses
- Mental health problems
Psycho social stressors
- Recent conflicts
- Recent/anniversary of deaths of loved ones