Suicide prevention awareness high priority for Kentucky National Guard

Story by David Altom, Kentucky National Guard Public Affairs

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Maj. Bobbie Mayes and Sgt. Maggie Eveland are featured — along withe Eveland’s horse, Khaleesi — in the Kentucky National Guard’s Suicide Prevention Awareness PSA. (CLICK IMAGE TO SEE VIDEO)

FRANKFORT, KY — On an average day 22 military veterans take their own life.  Of those 22, 69% are 50 years old or older.

With these sobering statistics in mind, the Kentucky National Guard has released a public service announcement designed to raise awareness about suicide prevention. The 30-second in-house production features  Maj. Bobbie Mayes, Sgt. Maggie Eveland and Eveland’s horse, Khaleesi.  The video also has messages of support and contact information for military personnel and veterans in need.

An accompanying “behind the scenes” video features Sgt. Eveland discussing the challenges of life, the value of suicide awareness training and how Khaleesi helped inspire her through a period of crisis.

If you need help or know someone who does, call Call 1-800-273-TALK to discuss veteran suicide.

For more information on suicide prevention contact:
Capt. David W. Shelley, email: david.w.shelley.mil@mail.mil
Resilience, Risk Reduction and Suicide Prevention Program Manager
502-607-1941

 

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