There are a few hallmarks of an actual radio check that this organization will attempt to emulate.
- Radio checks are quick. We want to encourage large scale participation by offering veterans an opportunity to volunteer without requiring an intensive commitment.
- They are purposeful. While we do want to keep the time requirement down, doing so means that the time spent must be impactful.
- Finally, they necessitate a response. One of the major goals of Project Radio Check is to get veterans answering explicit questions, even briefly, about the difficult issues of mental health and suicide.
While talking to Brian after the recent death of a friend, a member of their veteran community, Joseph expressed a desire to reach out to his veteran friends. The hope was that if someone else needed help in the future they could, at the very least, be there to offer support. Together they began modeling a program to put veterans in a position where they would be consistently confronted with specific questions about their mental health and about suicide. Joseph described it as, “Kind of like a radio check”. That description seemed to fit and quickly became the nickname for the project.
There is no guarantee that this program will save anyone. There is no way to know if someone will be encouraged to speak up if presented with these questions. But, just maybe, if we cast a wide enough net there could be someone who just needs an opportunity to talk about their issues. If there is even a small chance, we feel that it is important to try. Hopefully there is never a need. But with a large, organized community perhaps we would be able to quickly affect a positive change in someone’s life.