September 2017 was National Suicide Prevention Month.
On August 1-3, 2017 the Department of Defense (DOD) and the Department of Veterans affairs held a Suicide Prevention Conference in Denver Colorado which focused on the prevention of Suicides across both Departments. The theme of this year’s conference was “#Be There – It Takes a Community.”
During the conference, experts in the field of suicide prevention collaborated and cross-trained to share and disseminate the latest suicide prevention information. The DOD and VA have found that a comprehensive approach to suicide prevention including all stakeholders such as line leader involvement, peer interaction, and appropriate clinical care is vital to preventing suicide.
In keeping with the theme, please take the opportunity to twitter “#Be There – It Takes a Community,” to follow and show support. In addition, get involved, don’t be a bystander if you see someone in need of help. Learn the risk factors and warning signs of someone who might be at risk. Support someone in need of help and refer them to the resources available if needed. One simple act of kindness or just listening to someone can make a difference in saving a life.
If you or someone you know is in an emergency, call The National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-TALK (8255) or call 911 immediately. Additional resources are listed below.
Crisis Intervention and
- Emergency – 911
- National Suicide Prevention Lifeline – 1-800-273-TALK (8255) – Press 1 for Military Crisis Line
- Military One Source – 1-800-342-9647
- Fort Family Outreach & Support Center: 1-866-345-8248 or www.arfp.org
- Wounded Soldier and Family Hotline – 1-800-984-8523