Vermont vet eyes Guinness record to boost suicide awareness

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A former Marine in Vermont is hoping to bring attention to veteran suicide by setting a new world record for most ‘chest-to-ground burpees’ in 12 hours.

Jason Mosel set a personal best of 3,000 repetitions in 2018. He’ll need to top 4,556 to beat the current leader in the Guiness Book of World Records when he makes the attempt March 22 at Snap Fitness in Berlin.

The event will be streamed live on Facebook.

Mosel said he struggled with depression, sleepless nights and alcoholism after he returned from a deployment to Iraq, In 2005, he attempted suicide. He was lucky: The Department of Veteran Affairs says an average of 20 veterans succeed in taking their own lives every day.

Mosel says he wants the Guiness record attempt to pull back the curtain not only on veteran suicide, but on depression. Some 1.3 million people attempt suicide in the US every year, and everyone is affected in some way, he says. 

“Having been through a suicide attempt myself in 2005, I know that the night can be the hardest time of day for someone who is struggling,” Mosel says. “We are going to battle those demons together all throughout the night so they know they are never alone.”

Mosel says he took up obstacle course racing in 2013 and “found a sense of being and community that did what medication could never do, made him feel normal.”

He competes in OCR, ultra-marathons and endurance events around the country. 

Veterans who are in crisis or having thoughts of suicide, and those who know a Veteran in crisis, can call the Veterans Crisis Line for confidential support 24 hours a day, seven days a week, 365 days a year. Call 800-273-8255 and press 1, chat online at VeteransCrisisLine.net/Chat, or text to 838255.

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