January 18, 2018 11:07 PM
(ABC 6 News) -- This week the state announced it will begin offering a 24/7 text message suicide response service. But a local Vietnam veteran thinks it may not be the best solution.
Gary Gullickson said technology doesn't make things better; if anything, he said it may push a vulnerable person to the edge. Gullickson was diagnosed with post-traumatic stress disorder when he was 40. That was 20 years after he had served in the military. He said a situation that could have gone very wrong, forced him to reach out for help.
He recalled having to put up with his phone call being rerouted and he believes text messaging could put those at risk in a similar or worse situation, "Just because you can text somebody doesn't mean that you're not gonna do. Texting is fine for its purpose but we've gone far, too far with it. Texting is a way of life and it shouldn't be, especially when it comes to suicide,” said Gullickson.
He also added “When you need help, the last thing that I think you need is an 800 number or a text. You need a comforting voice that will understand and relate to you. It doesn’t come in a text. Help is in a voice that you can relate to.”
Gullickson expressed his best advice to other vets is to have a verbal conversation, whether it be with family, friends or Veteran Affairs Benefits.
Updated: January 18, 2018 11:07 PM
Created: January 18, 2018 09:52 PM
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