Suicide Prevention Month: Birdwell Foundation Saves Lives With PTSD Help For Veterans And First Responders
September 16, 2020
Houston, TX – September is Suicide Prevention Month. Everywhere health awareness news is focusing on the growing suicide pandemic caused by the social isolation of COVID-19 stay-at-home and social-distancing orders, financial losses and other traumas.
The widespread depression and often overwhelming hopelessness worsen post-traumatic stress (PTSD), foisting it into the limelight as a tragic reason too many Americans take their lives in desperation. Nowhere is PTSD more prevalent than among Veterans, First Responders and their families.
With multiple chapters in each of twelve states and growing, The Birdwell Foundation for PTSD is unique in its rapid personal response and one-on-one services that have proven to transform, restore and save lives.
For Immediate Release
July 28, 2020
Houston, Texas -- We are excited to announce the end of an era and the beginning of a new era. Mr. Gene Birdwell, a resident of Houston, Texas, was deeply moved when he witnessed the suffering of returning Combat Veterans and decided he must do something about it. In June 2011, Mr. Birdwell founded the PTSD Foundation of America and Camp Hope.
As outlined in the mission statement, the Foundation offers support to returning Combat Veterans through weekly “Warrior” support meetings, including one-on-one counseling and long-term residential treatment for Veterans suffering from PTSD.
June 1, 2020, Houston, TX -- In June the U.S.A. focuses on the severity of PTSD among surviving Veterans and First Responders, a cause crying for intervention throughout the year. PTSD, the root cause of most Veteran suicides, is oft considered the deadliest wound of war.
Within an hour, a Veteran will have taken his life. While we have slept comfortably in our beds, worked an 8-hour shift, safely returned home, eaten dinner with our families, and gone back to bed again, 22 Veterans will have committed suicide.
World Mental Health Day - October 10th -- Chosen for PTSD Benefit
To help other veterans, the Johns Creeks Veterans Association partnered with the Birdwell Foundation and World Chamber of Commerce for the inaugural “No One Heals Alone” Benefit Gala at the Fox Theater in Atlanta, Georgia. The event is timely; October 10 is World Mental Health Day.