TAPS Helps Military Families Suffering From Suicide Loss

A national group is helping military families suffering from suicide loss.

The Department of Defense just released a new suicide report, it shows suicides among active-duty service members rose by 20-% in the recent months.

The Pentagon releases these reports to help suicide prevention efforts.

Today the Good Grief Camp was at the Colorado Springs Therapeutic Riding Center Sunday afternoon as part of the weekend’s activities.

The camp aims to help kids learn coping strategies and connect with others who have experienced a similar loss.

The Tragedy Assistance Program for Survivors, or TAPS holds events each year to help families find healing.

600 surviving parents, spouses, children and siblings grieving the death of a service member to suicide were in the springs for the weekend.

Volunteer service members from across the country act as mentors to the kids.

"As our mentors are here and stepping up for our children, they too are being healed. A lot of times they carry some survivor guilt and this is their way of giving forward to someone they weren't able to bring home,” TAPS Youth Programs Coordinator said.

If you've been affected by a death in the armed forces, taps has a 24/7 helpline.

That phone number is 800-959-TAPS.