Military suicides up 25% in 2020 as pandemic wreaks havoc
TOLEDO, Ohio (WTVG) – Nike’s Licata keeps her son’s ID tag on a collar she wears every day.
A constant reminder of his eldest son.
Christian Jones, 24, committed suicide on December 7, 2020, while stationed in Alaska, serving in the military.
“When he said he wanted to serve, I supported him. Like any mother, I was afraid he would lose his life, but it was something he was willing to give for his country, I never thought it would end like this.
Nike ‘says no warning signs led to Christian’s suicide. “He enjoyed the friendship between the men there. He seemed to have a good support network. Although Nike ‘said looking back, she could tell the pandemic restrictions were on Christian. In fact, a report released by the Department of Defense shows that military suicides increased by 25% in 2020. She says the military has mental health support services for soldiers. But she feels that as in her son’s case, the stigma is holding them back. “How likely are you to do it when your whole life is affected by it.” It jeopardizes your job, where you live everything you have done so far.
Nike ‘says there is no peace after his grief over the loss of Christian in his struggle to heal. She therefore decided to organize a 5 km race in her memory. “We decided to run. Because it’s something Christian enjoyed with us. We would run in Wildwood quite often as a family so this is something Christian enjoyed and I know he would want us to help other people.
120 members of the 323rd Army Company will lead the race. “I know if we could go back in time it wouldn’t have been his choice. So he will be with us that day.
Nike ‘hopes to raise awareness about suicide and remove the stigma of asking for help. “These are our children. These are our children … Other parents shouldn’t feel the same as me if I can raise awareness of this and save lives in memory of the son I lost, I will.
For more information on the race that will take place on September 11:
The National Suicide Prevention Lifeline is available 24 hours a day in English and Spanish: 800-273-8255.
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