September is National Suicide Prevention Month

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September is National Suicide Prevention Month. It’s a time when the Department of Defense brings added attention to the complex issue of suicide and emphasizes the valuable resources and support available year-round.

This year’s theme, “Connect to Protect: Support Is Within Reach,” highlights the critical role relationships and interpersonal connections to family, friends, the community and resources can play in preventing suicide.

Research indicates that connectedness is a factor that can reduce the likelihood someone will consider or attempt suicide. Social connections that individuals can count on and a sense of belongingness can be protective factors against suicide.

Feelings of loneliness can lead to an increased risk for suicide. This year’s theme emphasizes connections with others and the community, as well as with suicide prevention resources. Each of us needs to focus on how we can “Connect to Protect” service members, veterans, DOD civilians and their families and show that support is readily available.

  • Military OneSource – (800) 342-9647
  • American Foundation for Suicide Prevention – (888) 333-2377
  • Veterans/Military Crisis Line – (800) 273-8255
  • National Suicide Prevention Lifeline – (800) 273-8255
  • MacDill Mental Health Clinic – (813) 827-9170