From Victor Zuniga, VP of Government Contracting Practice
As the holiday season approaches, kicking off with the Marine Corps Birthday on Friday, November 10th, I find it crucial to acknowledge that some individuals face considerable challenges during the coming months. Many will struggle for various reasons and find that they think suicide is a solution. I have personally known people who were unable to overcome their hardships and made the decision to end their lives. I believe there is another way, and that there are other solutions.
I am not a mental health professional, and I may not always be the most emotionally expressive person. But I want to emphasize that when it truly matters, I am and will be there for those who need help. I’ve been willing to pick up the phone and listen, even in the middle of the night. I will always take care of those who need help, those who need a friend, or just to talk. As a Marine Corp veteran, I have seen friends and teammates struggle, but I’ve always looked for ways to help. These are my Marines, and I need to take care of them.
I’m writing this because I want everyone to know, that if you need to talk to someone during the holidays, there is a lifeline available to you. You can dial 988 for the Suicide and Crisis Lifeline. Even if you are feeling utterly alone, making that call could change everything.
Remember that this lifeline is not exclusive to veterans, it’s for anyone who needs to talk or needs help, so please don’t hesitate to reach out, or share this information with others.