Did you know that September is Suicide Prevention Month? Although efforts to address the issue occur year-round, the Marine Corps takes this month to highlight prevention efforts, promote resources and support services, and engage Marines and families in an awareness campaign that will promote community connectedness and belonging. This year, the Headquarters Marine Corps Suicide Prevention Program (MCSSP) created the hashtag and graphic, “#BeThere_Marine,” in support of the Defense Suicide Prevention Office “BeThere” campaign theme.
#BeThere_Marine represents a call to action to all Marines, their families, and our civilian workforce to encourage peer-to-peer support and bystander intervention when you see someone in distress.
Take action! The smallest actions can help save a life. One person can begin to create a community of support that can encourage people in crisis to get the help they deserve.
Spread the word! Many of you work to prevent suicide every day. Please join us for September’s Department of Defense Suicide Prevention Awareness Month 2017. Support the Marine Corps’ efforts to bring attention to preventing suicide by using the #BeThere_Marine to spread the word. Here’s how you can help:
For more information about Suicide Prevention Month, contact your unit’s Suicide Prevention Program Officer.
September is National Suicide Prevention Awareness Month. This is one month of a year-round effort to address the issue of suicide in the Marine Corps.
Talking about suicide can be scary for all involved, but making hard conversations a regular part of parent/teen communication makes it easier to tackle the tough topics like suicide.
The willingness to have the hard conversations is key to assisting our Marines and getting help so they can continue to thrive.