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My name is Jason Youngs. I am a former police officer, a United States Army combat veteran, and a suicide survivor. I served as a police officer at a small municipal police department in eastern Jackson County, Missouri. I also served in the United States Army for 13 years and was deployed to Iraq. I am a father of two very beautiful children, one boy and one girl. I also have a very ornery German Shepherd whom I adore.
I am a product of a split home, combat, alcoholism, failed marriage, attempted suicide, PTSD, and depression. I have beat all the odds. I stepped up and said it out loud. I broke the stigma. I even celebrated 6 years of sobriety in August of 2019.
In February of 2016 my life changed forever with the news of my brother’s passing. He was a captain for a fire department about an hour north of Kansas City, Missouri. My brother died by suicide. It was at that point I finally accepted and acknowledged my PTSD. Since then, I have strived to be a part of the solution and to break the stigma. I strive to be a better person every day and to make someone else’s day better. It is okay to talk about mental health. I believe that saying it out loud only makes you stronger. Together we can make a difference. Together we can break the stigma.
Break the stigma
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Together we can make a difference. Together we can break the stigma.