June 16, 2024

Post-Traumatic Mental Health Struggles: Army Veteran Turned to Crisis Helpline for Support

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Plantation Father Sought Mental Health Help One Year Before Murders – NBC 6 South Florida

On Tuesday, a tragic incident occurred in a Plantation home where 40-year-old Jean Carlos Aponte allegedly killed his wife and toddler before attempting to take his own life. The Army veteran and Purple Heart honoree Chris Haley, who runs the Catch A Lift Fund, spoke about the incident on Wednesday. According to Haley, Aponte had reached out to the organization for mental health support after serving in the military.

Haley accepted Aponte into the program and said that he was struggling with post-traumatic stress disorder and traumatic brain injury. However, it’s not clear why or how Aponte allegedly killed his wife and child. The investigation is still active, and no charges have been filed yet.

Police spent their Wednesday searching for a cellphone in a canal, which neighbors believe belonged to Aponte. It’s unclear what led to this tragic incident, but it’s clear that Aponte was struggling with his mental health and needed help. If you or someone you know is in crisis, it’s important to reach out for support immediately. You can call or text 988 to reach the Suicide and Crisis Lifeline or chat live at 988lifeline.org. Additionally, you can visit SpeakingOfSuicide.com/resources for additional support.

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