September is Suicide Prevention Month

| September 8, 2015 | 0 Comments

 

September is Suicide Prevention Month. (Courtesy of Army News Service)

September is Suicide Prevention Month. (Courtesy of Army News Service)

Brent Oto
Suicide Prevention Program Manager
U.S. Army Garrison-Hawaii

In September, Army Hawaii, along with the state of Hawaii and all the branches of military, will conduct a month long suicide prevention awareness campaign.

Suicide Prevention Month, observed across the U.S., consists of training, resource expos and community events that are available to everyone. The goal is to keep Soldiers, families and veterans aware and informed on suicide prevention efforts.

This means that when someone is in need of care or assistance, we proactively “Take a Stand” and show that we care for each other. We all must be aware of the risk factors and warning signs of suicide, and be willing to talk to Soldiers and help if needed.

There are many initiatives by the 25th Infantry Division and U.S. Army Hawaii to reduce suicide. With all our collaborative efforts from leadership, we have programs and working groups, such as the Community Health Promotion Council, Health Promotions Office, Suicide Prevention Program, 4S Campaign Group, Behavior Health Working Group, 25th ID Surgeon Working Group, Comprehensive Soldier Family Fitness (CSF2), and Chaplain Core. These groups of leaders and programs collaborate together in efforts to reduce high-risk outcomes and to build resiliency for Soldiers and families within our community.

Resources

  • If you need suicide prevention training and resources, visit www.armyg1.army.mil/hr/suicide/ or call the local Suicide Prevention Program office at (808) 655-9105.
  • If you need to talk with someone, you can call the Military Crisis Line at (800) 273-8255 (press 1), or text 838255, or chat at www.militarycrisisline.net. You’ll have access to a peer counselor via phone, online chats or text messaging.
  • In addition to the crisis phone line, assistance is also available through the Vets4Warriors peer support chat line at (855) 838-8255, or online at www.vets4warriors.com. This line will connect with veteran peers who understand the unique challenges of military life and can assist with problem solving and resolution.

Family members, retirees and veterans may also use these resources if they feel the need to speak with someone.

(Editor’s note: Oto works at the Army Substance Abuse Program, part of the USAG-HI Directorate of Human Resources.)

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