Marines' 'Poster Boy' for Suicide Prevention Kills Self
Clay Hunt did 'everything right,' still couldn't be saved
By Polly Davis Doig, Newser Staff
Posted Apr 9, 2011 5:15 PM CDT
A Texas Marine killed himself last week, despite being a so-called "poster boy for suicide prevention."   (Getty Images)

(Newser) – When Clay Hunt killed himself at his Houston apartment last week, he became exactly the sort of grim military statistic he'd battled so hard against. The 28-year-old had faced survivor's guilt and battlefield trauma head on, starring in a lauded public service ad campaign that urged his comrades to get help. But ultimately, the deaths of his comrades weighed too heavily on him. "When that last one in Afghanistan went down, it just undid him," his mom tells the Houston Chronicle.

"He tried everything," said his best friend Jake Wood, a fellow Marine. "He tried the medication, he tried (humanitarian) service, he tried moving back closer to family. He tried everything under the sun, and he was fully self-aware." The head of the nonprofit that sponsored Hunt's ad agrees. "This was a guy who was doing all the right things, and we lost him," he says. "If it can happen to Clay, then it can happen to anyone."

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robertsgt40
Mar 5, 2013 8:57 AM CST
The meds was probably his final undoing.
DougBuchanan.com
Apr 11, 2011 12:03 PM CDT
Vastly beyond the comprehension of power-damaged minds, when you intensely train young human minds to WANT to kill, as does every military, especially the US military, contradicting the fundamental design of the human mind, you get the inescapable spectrum of identified results of that profound contradiction, all damaging to the human mind, by design. There is a solution, but it requires the intellectual ability to ask and answer ALL the questions that identify and resolve ALL institutionally induced contradictions, which no institutionally power-damaged mind can do until it learns an entirely separate arena of knowledge related to that process, which requires extremely rare incentive. The routinely offered knowledge (intellectual technology) is loathed and immediately rejected by ALL institutionally trained minds, by design of the institutionally power-damaged mind, much to the amusement of the observers. Respectfully, DougBuchanan.com previous distinguished military graduate, US Army airborne ranger infantry officer, Vietnam veteran
Even-Steven
Apr 11, 2011 10:35 AM CDT
I always find it kind of odd how the writers/producers/editors throw these stories out there but completely FAIL when it comes to details. I know not the point but for God's sake, an Army ACH(Army Combat Helmet) when discussing a Marine's suicide. Show some respect in getting the back drop accurate. RIP brother.