In any given year, over 40,000 Americans die by suicide, almost twice as many as are killed by homicide. The military is not exempt from the problem of suicide.
What do you need to know to effectively raise awareness about suicide prevention?
- Daily connections can make a big impact on someone’s feeling of loneliness.
- No special training is needed to show genuine concern for someone in crisis.
- Suicide prevention is very much a leadership issue, which means leaders should create climates in which Service Members are encouraged to seek the help they need.
- When members of the military get behavioral health care, they are protected against discrimination by law.
- There are important signs of suicide risk that can be identified: Hopelessness, Anxiety, Self-destructive behavior (for example, alcohol and drug abuse, as well as talking about death)