Hotel trains workers to help reduce veteran suicides

Hotel trains workers to help reduce veteran suicides

PENSACOLA, Fla. (AP) — Veterans are 1.5 times more likely than the general population to die by suicide, with an average of 20 veterans killing themselves every day.

To help combat this crisis, Innisfree Hotels has launched its own internal initiative to train employees working with veterans or those with mental health issues with the help of Fire Watch’s Watch Stander program.

“It’s important to be aware of what veterans sacrifice in service to America, and then to understand that many of them suffer from post-traumatic stress disorder. They’ve seen a lot more than most of us have seen and often they don’t feel appreciated,” said Innisfree Vice President of Corporate Culture Lusharon Wiley.

“And often when they’re done with their service, just getting back to civilian life can be a challenge as well. So just being there and understanding some of what they may be going through will allow us to provide them with better service. »

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