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.

Take Action!
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.

  • If you or someone you know is showing warning signs of suicide, be direct.
  • Learn how to ask the hard question: Are you thinking about killing yourself? (for more information on how to have these conversations, check out “Having the Hard Conversations.”)
  • Apply Recognize, Ask, Care, and Escort (R.A.C.E.). These are specific steps to take if you become involved in a suicide prevention/intervention.
  • Get them help. The DSTRESS Line and Military Crisis Lines are available 24/7 to support. 1.877.476.7734 or 1.800.273.8255.
  • Get to know the resources available on and off installation.

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.