In the United States, more than 40,000 people commit suicide each year. Although women attempt suicide more so than men, men are more likely to succeed in killing themselves during a suicide attempt. In addition, people who have experienced a traumatic event and/or have post traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) may be more likely to attempt suicide. According to the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs, PTSD affects more than 250,000 (30 percent) of post 9-11 war veterans, with an alarming 22 suicides per day.
Experiencing a traumatic event and/or developing PTSD can have a tremendous impact on a person's life. The symptoms of PTSD can make a person feel constantly afraid and isolated. In addition, depression is common following a traumatic event and among people with PTSD. A person may feel as though there is no hope or escape from their symptoms, leading them to contemplate suicide. Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) can affect those who personally experience the catastrophe, those who witness it, and those who pick up the pieces afterwards, including emergency workers and law enforcement officers. It can even occur in the friends or family members of those who went through the actual trauma.
PTSD develops differently from person to person. While the symptoms of PTSD most commonly develop in the hours or days following the traumatic event, it can sometimes take weeks, months, or even years before they appear.
Studies have shown that pets help alleviate the symptoms of PTSD, offering companionship to victims who may find it easier to be around animals than to be in the company of people. Owning a cat can lift your mood or help you feel less stressed. Purr-fect Cat Therapy Inc, through our program "Purr-fect Cat Healing Vets" will match a Veteran suffering of PTSD with a trained Therapy cat at No-Cost-No Worries. We also continued assist the Veteran and his therapy cat for life.
Purr-fect Cat Therapy, is dedicated to helping veterans suffering from Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) by providing them with Companion therapy Cats. We’re honored to help the men and women who so bravely served our country with cats that dramatically improve their quality of life. Cats can help people feel better by providing companionship. All cat owners, including those who have post traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) can experience these benefits.
The Relationship Between PTSD and Suicide
Report on VA Facility Specific Operation Enduring Freedom (OEF), Operation Iraqi Freedom (OIF), and Operation New Dawn (OND) Veterans Coded with Potential PTSD." Office of Public Health. 1 Dec. 2012. Web.
"Suicide Data Report" Department of Veterans Affairs Mental Heath Services, Suicide Prevention Program. 2012. Web.
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