WYSH PROJECT Founder — Andrew O’Brien
- Rank: E4 (at ETS)
- DOB: May 10, 1988
- Tour: OIF (08-09)
- MOS: 88M
- Base: Schofield Barracks
- Basic: Fort Jackson
- AIT: Fort Leonardwood
What made me decide to make this guide
After attempting suicide in November of 2010 I decided to make this guide. I wanted to help fellow soldiers and their families by giving them advice on how to handle certain situations.
November 22, 2010 I attempted suicide while still in the Army. This is just over a year after being back from Iraq. It was just one day and I just decided I was done. I had tried to get help by seeing a psychologist on base who in the end decided to call me a liar. So I had no one to talk to, and didn’t want to seem weak to my battle buddies. I went home and took 4 full bottles of different types of pills, drank a few beers and punched holes in the walls across my house. All of a sudden I felt the pills kicking in and felt myself dying and quickly realized I had made a mistake and called 911.
I woke up the next day in the hospital, everything from the ambulance and hospitals I don’t remember. My E-6 at the time was there and watched as they strapped me down to a bed and shoved a tube down my throat while I squirmed and fought. They had to get coal into my body and I wouldn’t wake up to just drink it. I woke up with a catheter inside me and they had told me they called my family. They couldn’t tell my family if I was going to live through the night because they didn’t know what type of damage had been done to my kidneys. When I woke up that morning I turned my life around.
I talk about that day because that is when I decided I wasn’t going to be another number on the veteran suicide chart helping it get larger, I was going to be a number helping lower it. That is why I have written this guide and decided to help families understand what a soldier thinks. My family was so upset and never understood why I had tried to take my own life, so maybe if you could understand more you can try and stop it from happening to your soldier.
I want to be able to go across the country on a tour to talk to soldiers families. I want to give speeches and talk to the soldiers and their wives and mothers who are confused and need help. I WANT TO SAVE A SOLDIERS LIFE! I am hoping this guide gets me to this dream.
The reason I am only donating 50% to HOPE4PTSDVETS.ORG is because I hope the other 50% will fund my dream of traveling across country talking to soldiers and their families.
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