That one word can bring absolute silence to a crowded room. It can cause people to shift nervously in their seats. In 2022, it is still a taboo topic. Suicide is difficult to talk about, to admit that one has thought about it. It is heart wrenching remembering those we love who felt it it was the only way to end their suffering.
"While anyone can experience suicide risks, certain groups have substantially higher rates of suicide than the general population. Veterans bear a disproportionate burden. Tragically, out of the 130 suicides per day in 2019, 17 of those lives lost were veterans." - Reducing Military and Veteran Suicide, CDC (June 15, 2022).
Through the work at Warrior Cry Music Project, it is our hope to help active military (and veterans through support of other non-profits) by providing instruments, music lessons, and support. It is that support, camaraderie, encouragement, and use of music as a tool to share their story, aide in healing (mentally, physically, spiritually), and find comfort in knowing they are not alone. There IS healing through music.
We are thankful for our supporters, volunteers, and friends and family who support WCMP, donate their time and resources, and make it their mission to support and encourage our military.
As Director or WCMP, it is a personal passion to help those who serve that are in need. I encourage you to check out WCMP, ways to support, and follow along. We'll be launching our September newsletter later today, and will be sharing throughout the month information on suicide awareness and prevention.
From the bottom of my heart, thank you.