President Glenn on Suicide Prevention

Reach Out To That Hand

As most of you are aware, this past Thursday, September 10, was National Suicide Prevention Day. With the continuing bombardment from the news media, much of which contains only partial information, it is easy to understand why many of us who have unselfishly served Canada for decades take these criticisms personally.

Combine this with the daily news of Covid-19 impacts across Canada and indeed, the world, and we have the perfect formula for entertaining depressive thoughts. It is therefore important everyone realize having these thoughts doesn’t make you a negative person. It’s just the immutable forces around you that make these temporary feelings seem overwhelming.

It is now so very important that you reach out to fellow former members and employees who do not seem well, to boost their spirits. Whether you realize it or not, you have the opportunity to make a positive difference in these folks’ lives. Somebody out there can benefit from your caring and positive nature and sometimes all they may need is a simple sign letting them know someone cares.

I also believe it is important for everyone to know professional help is available to all of us through the Veterans Affairs confidential hotline. Time and time again counsellors have provided assistance to former members and their immediate families so I urge everyone to keep this contact information in a place for easy access. When you reach out to talk with former members and employees you might come to realize your friends could use this professional assistance.

Supporting Veterans in Need – 24/7 counselling services – Veterans and their immediate families can access free, short-term, confidential and professional counselling services. If you are experiencing work-related issues family or marital problems, or high levels of stress or anxiety, call 24/7 Veterans Affairs Canada Assistance Services at 1-800-268-7708

Thank you for caring.

Sandy Glenn, National President
RCMP Veterans Association
Members Helping Members and Their Families



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