We had the privilege at JMHS of honoring the many individuals who sacrificed for their country in our armed forces. I tend to get a bit emotional on Veteran’s Day when I hear some of the stories service men and women tell of their experiences with war. We truly cannot understand the trauma that some of these individuals live with, all for the mission to provide freedom and service to others. I recently reviewed a report that the Veteran’s Administration conducted that reported that the suicide rate among Veterans was steadily on the rise for a decade. In the past two years, however, rates have slightly declined. We can only hope that the heightened awareness of addressing emotional pain and post-traumatic stress can continue to bring these rates down. The new national Suicide Hotline “988” assists in getting immediate support for those experiencing a mental health challenge. At JMHS, we have highly talented mental health professionals that can assist in helping anyone that may be experiencing post-traumatic stress. When you have the opportunity, join me in thanking a Veteran, volunteering in a service to honor Veteran’s, or sending a thank you note to those serving in our armed forces.
Kris Jacobson, LNHA, LALD, MBA