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Help? - December 19th 2011, 06:00 PM

Okay, I'm not sure if this is the right place, but I am a carer and one of my clients has been "joking" about killing himself on xmas day. He used to be in the army, judging by his scars, he was honourably discharched. He is unable to use his legs and needs care to have a shower, use the toilet etc. He is also an alcoholic. I have had no training for this kind of situation with my job. I'm asking for personal experiences/opinions. What should Ido in this situation? I have reported this to my office, but I want to know if there is anything specific I can say/do for a veteran who is finding it difficult.
   
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Re: Help? - December 19th 2011, 07:08 PM

Hey Ella,
My cousin is a veteran from the Vietnam War. I've seen firsthand how difficult it has been for him, and I've only known him for a year. Without getting into his psychological history too much, I'll say that he lashes out at people a lot, thinks people are after him in the middle of the night, and lacks a filter for what is rude to say. The best thing that you can do personally is to support him. Also, see if there is a counseling center for veterans nearby. If there is, it would be wise to try to get him to go there. My cousin goes to one, and it's helping him work through his problems. Do this ASAP. My cousin had to wait 40 years before they even bothered to treat him for PTSD and that's had some nasty effects. I'm really hoping this doesn't happen to the veteran in your case. I hoped I helped, even a little. Best of luck!


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