"Three years ago, Justin Miller had a six-hour phone call he says saved his life.
Miller is a medically retired military veteran, previously serving two deployments in Iraq. The trauma of combat led him to develop severe post-traumatic stress disorder and a traumatic brain injury.
The nightmares didn't let him sleep, and he was scared things would never get better.
"I called the VA after having a particularly bad nightmare and told them I needed to see someone now," Miller says. "They scheduled me an appointment for two days later. Here I am, on the verge of killing myself, and I need to wait two days to see someone."
Miller had planned to end his own life.
But before attempting suicide, Miller called his friend Chris Mercado. A fellow veteran, Mercado wasn't a trained counselor or mental health professional. He simply picked up the phone and listened to Miller talk about his pain and hopelessness and fear.
By the end of the phone call, Miller promised Mercado he wasn't going to attempt suicide. And he didn't.
That six-hour phone call was the inspiration behind a new app called Objective Zero, the brainchild of Miller and Mercado. The pair wanted to replicate their life-saving interaction on a bigger scale to reach veterans in need around the U.S.
The nonprofit app, which is currently in development, will instantly and anonymously connect veterans to other veterans who have been trained in suicide prevention and de-escalation. The veterans can then chat via text, phone, or video.
Objective Zero will also provide a range of suicide prevention resources to those in need, and a chatroom to help veterans connect to a larger community for support."...CLICK to read more: http://on.mash.to/2uxYSru