September is National Suicide Prevention Awareness Month. This month the Marine Corps will 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 is one month of a year-round effort to address the issue of suicide in the Marine Corps.  

What Can One Person Do

Connect with those around you and let them know they matter and you care. Be there for a fellow Marine. Ask them how they are doing and actively listen to their concerns. Check on that friend from your last duty station you have not heard from in a while. Even the smallest acts can have an impact. 

What to Look For

Preventing a death starts with recognizing common risk factors and triggers. Marines most at risk often are going through:

  • Legal or disciplinary action, loss of a relationship, or financial problems
  • Talking about feeling trapped - like there is no way out of a situation
  • In transition/PCSing, or are separated from their support system 

There is help; There is hope

If you believe someone is thinking about suicide, trust your instincts and training. Have a conversation about your concerns, listen without being judgmental. Most importantly, help them reach out for professional help.  

  • Community Counseling Program (CCP): Licensed counselors help Marines and families address life’s challenges before they impact their duties or relationships. 
  • Marine Intercept Program (MIP) provides a targeted intervention aimed at preventing a death by suicide for Marines identified as “at risk.”
  • DSTRESS Line provides 24/7/365 anonymous counseling and crisis intervention by phone, chat, and SKYPE, or referral services using a ‘Marine-to-Marine’ approach.

Suicide is Preventable

Early identification and intervention is critical. Take action.  

For more information, contact your local CCP or Suicide Prevention Program Officer.