During September you may have seen and heard about the hashtag, #BeThere_Marine. The hashtag was developed to support this year’s suicide preventing month campaign, designed in support of the Defense Suicide Prevention Office “BeThere” campaign theme. Although September is over, you will see #BeThere_Marine used regularly as a mechanism in social media to raise awareness about suicide prevention.
#BeThere_Marine is an all-encompassing message that represents a call to action to Marines, their families, and our civilian workforce to encourage peer-to-peer support. We all have a role to play in preventing suicides by promoting the importance of taking care of individual physical and emotional health, and normalizing the message that feeling overwhelmed or stressed is normal. Support individuals by letting them know that help is available.
The smallest action can help save a life. One person can begin to create a community of support that encourages people at risk to ask for help.
Spread the Word
Suicide prevention is a year-round effort. Many of you work to prevent suicide every day. Support the Marine Corps efforts to bring attention to suicide prevention by using the hashtag #BeThere_Marine to spread the word. Display the #BeThere_Marine logo during unit runs, family/community days, safety fairs, and formations. Use #BeThere_Marine in your social media marketing or outreach.
For more information about suicide prevention efforts, contact your unit’s Suicide Prevention Program Officer.
In a recent behavioral health survey of more than 28,000 Active Duty military personnel, talking with friends and family was the second most common coping strategy for dealing with stress. If you or a loved one needs to talk, Marines and their families can contact the DSTRESS line when they find themselves in crisis or in need of support.
Did you know that September is Suicide Prevention Month? 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.
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