Partner with We Are the 22
As Arkansas’ Veteran Suicide Intervention Team, We Are the 22 has a laser focus on peer-to-peer, face-to-face intervention with veterans in suicidal crisis. Our two-man teams of veteran volunteer Responders immediately go to the veteran in crisis upon receiving an alert. With an operating memorandum of understanding with the Central Arkansas Veterans Health Care Center and cooperative relationships with law enforcement organizations around the state, we have very literally saved over 200 lives over the past year.
Our name comes from the governmental research that indicates 22 veterans commit suicide every day. The need is real and our interventions are effective. In 2018, there were 547 suicides in Arkansas. That is more than double the number of homicides. Veterans commit suicide at roughly twice the rate of non-veterans.
Just as the veteran suicide epidemic is real and has torn through Arkansas with members of the Arkansas National Guard and others, our need for partnerships in order to continue our mission and expand our reach is urgent.
We want to discuss with you what that partnership might look like.
For some, it is in spreading the word about WAT22 so that veterans in suicidal crisis and their friends and family members know where to turn. Others are seeking a speaker for their organization with a goal of introducing others to WAT22 volunteer opportunities. And still others are helping us financially in our fight to defeat the veteran suicide epidemic.
Whatever the case, we want to talk and get to know you and how we might work together.