The veteran suicide crisis is preventable. Here's what you can do.

Earlier this year, a young veteran presented for therapy at the Steven A. Cohen Military Family Clinic at the University of Pennsylvania following an inpatient hospitalization for suicidal thoughts. Things had spiraled out of control, one stressor built on another, until it all felt like too much.

Fortunately, someone spotted the signs. Not a medical doctor or a therapist, he wasn't talking to them. It was a buddy at work who asked the tough question. And, thankfully, this veteran was strong enough to admit something was wrong and to seek the help that got him back in control of his life. This act saved his young children from losing their father, his parents from losing their son, and his unit from losing another life to suicide.

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