• Cadets, there's a couple things the unit has been talking about recently that are both very important and serious. Suicide awareness and prevention. As a unit, as a FAMILY, we want everyone to stay safe and be as happy as they can possibly be. 

     

    You have to remember to be strong in the moments where you want to be weak, because life itself is worth living for. This isn't easy; it's a fight, but you have to keep going. And more often than not, the fight is hard. But that's why it's a fight. What people have said is something along the lines of, "I don't want to tell anyone about this problem. It's just stupid, I need to take this alone." But please remember, stupid and struggling are not synonymous. You don't have to fight alone. It's not a losing battle. You have people that care. We as an NJROTC unit care SO MUCH about everyone out there. 

     

    If you're out there and need help, please seek it. Be proud of your valiant day-to-day struggle. There's no shame in needing support. But for those that struggle, it's important to approach each day with the mindset of, "this might not be easy, but I am going to give it everything I got." There's no shame in having to fight every day, but fighting every day, and presumably, if you're still alive to read these words, then you are winning your war. You're here. Never underestimate your own strength. To persevere. To make it through the most difficult times. And just as importantly, don't underestimate your ability to help someone else during their most difficult times. Sometimes all it takes is a kind word, or gesture, to help someone make it through their day. At every point in your life, even if it's so tough, there is always something to cherish and be happy about. 

     

    If you need to talk to anyone, try the chaplain, Wyatt Faulkner, Colonel Davis, as well as PO Barnes, or any adult you trust. 

     

    However, if you want to stay completely anonymous, try these: 

    National Suicide Prevention Lifeline: 1-800-273-8255 

    Crisis Text Line: 741741 

    24 Hour Crisis Hotline: 212-673-3000 

    National Hopeline Network: 1-800-784-2433 

    National Youth Crisis Hotline: 1-800-448-4663 

    S.A.F.E. Alternatives: 1-800-366-8288 

     

    Remember, you are not alone.