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Suicide Prevention

"Thrive in Your Community"
Suicide Prevention is a year-round  goal
MILLINGTON, Tenn. (NNS) -- Each year America’s Armed Forces recognize September as Suicide Prevention Month. For 2013, Navy focused on the importance of community and self-purpose when dealing with adversity, officials announced in NAVADMIN 212/13.
The theme for the 2013 Navy Suicide Prevention (SP) Month was “Thrive in Your Community,” encouraging Sailors to work together as commands, units, installations or other groups to contribute to a project of their choice that benefits others. Participation is not mandatory and there is no minimum for engagement. Sailors can work together to do something positive for their commands or installations, or get involved in their local communities. Family and civilian engagement is encouraged.
 “While we don’t often think of it this way, suicide prevention actually happens every day at the deckplate, in our neighborhoods, even in our own homes,” said Capt. Kurt Scott, Navy Resilience chief. “When we do small things that make a difference to those around us, we may not realize the effect we’re having on others’ lives-or our own,” Scott said.
The Navy seeks to promote unity and cohesion in this context to emphasize the positive impacts of seeking help; Sailors that are willing to help others may be more willing to receive it when needed. But this doesn't have to done just during Suicide Prevention Month - the suicide preventionewb site is online 365 days of the year.  The information is posted to guide discussion on stres navigation, comprehensive wellness, and a sense of community-all protective factors against suicide.  Check it out at:
The website also houses ideas and guidance for “Thrive in Your Community” engagement for any command environment. Command Suicide Prevention Coordinators will also be available to help organize local efforts. Sailors are encouraged to send details and/or photos of their September events to to be shared with the fleet on the SP Month website and Navy Operational Stress Control social media.
 “Navy’s efforts to help Sailors better navigate their stress are an all hands evolution, all of the time. These initiatives extend far beyond September and serve as a launch pad for year-long local efforts to build resilience and unit cohesion, promoting a Navywide culture supportive of seeking help,” said Scott. For more information, reference NAVADMIN 212/13 or visit the link below.
View current copies of the Navy's Suicide prevention LifeLink Magazine below.


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