OCTOBER 24, 2016 FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Canadian Veteran Launches New Approach to Suicide Prevention
November 11th reminds us of the sacrifices made by the men and women who have risked their lives serving our country, many of whom have paid the ultimate price.
As this Day of Remembrance draws ever near, Canadian Veteran, Stephen Beardwood, (retired Corporal) with his team at Veterans House are launching a new peer-support program for Veterans aimed at preventing suicides among this at-risk population.
Being aware of veterans’ homelessness and suicides is one thing, creating a culture that intercedes and restores veterans to communities and to families is another. Veterans House is one organization taking action to turn the Canadian veteran community’s dream of belonging and understanding into a reality, starting with one house.
Veterans House is a peer-supported home environment where veterans can heal from Mental Health or Operational Stress Injuries and transition to a meaningful life with their families and communities. It is unique because it is based on live-in, peer-support, and the 24-hour presence of others who are also recovering and have encountered similar experiences in their transition. This project has strong potential to contribute to suicide prevention and homelessness among this unique population.
Veterans House is a safe environment for healing with other veterans who have had similar experiences. The presence of fellow veterans during the daily routines of recovery adds a 24 hour accountability factor, directly countering the non-compliance and avoidance issues that prevent recovery.
Veterans House incorporated as a not for profit on the 24th of June 2016 and has begun the process of application as a registered charity and is actively seeking individuals that can open doors for funding.
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Media Contact: Stephen Beardwood