As a Kenan Institute Leadership Fellow, military veteran Nick Black (MBA ’13) is not only participating in a premier leadership development program but also putting that knowledge to work to help other members of the military.
In 2011 Black co-founded Stop Soldier Suicide (SSS), a nonprofit veteran-led organization that works to raise awareness of solder suicide and connect military men, women and veterans to services to prevent it.
“We formed Stop Soldier Suicide to curb the rate of suicides among active and veteran service members. Our mission is to prevent those who serve from taking their own lives by offering tailored services and support at the individual, family and community level throughout the United States to curb active and veteran service member suicide.”
“We provide customized, one-on-one support to veterans in need. Leveraging our non-profit relationships, communities and funding, we are able to cut the red tape and provide immediate assistance ranging from meeting with a mental health professional to financial guidance to family support. We fight for every veteran.”
Last year Black was honored with an Armed Forces Salute produced by local ABC News affiliate WTVD ABC 11.
The group also hosts monthly events through the SSS Chapel Hill chapter that introduce veterans to services available to them and raise money to support those programs.
“SSS is built on a chapter model where we try to bring together communities across America in support of veterans. The SSS Chapel Hill chapter is the gold standard. The UNC, Kenan-Flagler and Chapel Hill communities (with great thanks to Scott Maitland and the wonderful people at Top of the Hill) have been nothing but supportive. Due to the overwhelming support, we are currently working towards building a national office in Durham.”
People can show their support in several ways, says Black: “Visit our website. Come to a SSS Chapter Event (once a month at a local crossroads establishment). Reach out to a veteran and offer a helping hand. I bet people would be amazed to see what they can do when they open up their networks and heart to someone needing help.”
For more information, view these outreach videos: