May 23, 2019
Around the world, Crane Worldwide Logistics employees are embarking on activities to raise awareness of mental health through activities with partner organizations and charities. Such ventures have included speakers from local charities educating employees on the risk to mental health of today's busy lifestyle as well as organized activities to raise funds for local charities that are involved with sufferers of mental health issues.
Most recently, at the Global Sales Meeting in Dallas, the team heard from an organization named 22Kill. 22KILL's mission is to raise awareness to the suicide rate among veterans and first responders, educate the public on PTS (post traumatic stress) and other mental health issues, and focus on suicide prevention through empowerment.
22KILL offers a variety of programs and resources for all service members. These programs provide many forms of traditional and non-traditional therapies for both mental and physical health, serving veterans, first responders, and their families. As with any issue, suicide prevention begins with raising awareness. This means educating ourselves and the general public, opening up the conversation, learning to become comfortable with it, and encouraging others to do so as well.
By doing this, people can identify the often unmentioned or unaddressed issues that can lead someone to thoughts of suicide, and confront those issues as they come, rather than letting them accumulate into something much worse. The next step is empowerment. One of the biggest challenges veterans face is finding a sense of purpose after service. 22KILL has built a vast network of organizations and resources for veterans across the United States, and whether its through their own programs or through external sources, they can provide services for mental health treatment and empowerment to help veterans find that sense of purpose. The other side of this is engagement.
Often, veterans will come to realize that all they really needed was the brotherhood and camaraderie that they've been missing ever since leaving the military. The 22KILL "Tribe" allows veterans to connect with like-minded individuals and gives them the opportunity to get involved with community events and projects, and be a part of something great.
The Crane Worldwide team attending the Global Sales Meeting all underwent suicide prevention training, enabling the team to recognize the signs of those suffering with mental health issues. We are grateful to Jacob Schick and his team at 22KILL for sharing their knowledge with us.
Our fundraising for the organization continues and we would welcome contributions from our network: https://www.gofundme.com/crane-cares-22kill