Passion makes a difference! And it is this passion that brought Greg Ammon to the Florida Veteran Support Line.
During his twenty years in the Navy, he personally felt the pain of suicide experienced not only by those who were lost but also by those left behind. Unfortunately, Greg knows firsthand the 22 veteran suicides that occur every day is not a statistic it is a brother, a sister, a fellow human being in need. With a determination and passion to make a difference, Greg joined the Florida Veteran Support Line as a founding member of the Northwest Florida Veteran Support Line team.
As a veteran care coordinator, Greg literally answers the call for help every day; he responds to veterans in pain afraid, or too proud to reach out until they connect with someone who has, quite frankly, “been there”, a fellow veteran who has their back. Passion drives Greg to work with a veteran to find relief or a solution - perhaps preventing the proverbial “straw that broke the back”, even if that means giving up his own private or family time on nights and weekends. That drive is what inspired Greg to become a teacher of Applied Suicide Intervention Skills Training (ASIST) so that he might empower others to save a life. It seems only appropriate to kick off Mental Health Awareness Month by honoring Greg Ammon and all the other Mental Health workers who bring their heart and passion to help those hurting every day.
If you are a veteran, you aren't alone! Dial 1-844-MyFLVet (1-844-693-5838) or dial 211, to talk with someone who has been there!
If you or someone you know is having thoughts of suicide or experiencing a mental health or substance use crisis, you can call 988, the new three-digit dialing code for the Suicide and Crisis Lifeline.