As part of the year-round commitment to preventing suicide among Marines, families, and the civilian workforce, the Marine Corps observes National Suicide Prevention Month each September.
This year’s National Suicide Prevention Month theme, Connect to Protect: Support is Within Reach, highlights the importance of connecting fellow Marines, leaders, family, friends, and the community to available resources on suicide prevention.
What can you do during Suicide Prevention Month?
Focus on improving your own health and wellness. Many of us tend to put others before ourselves and ignore our own needs. It’s great to be there for others while also taking care of yourself.
To practice good self-care, you can:
Connect with others in your unit, installation, and surrounding community. Show your support, and be there for your community by strengthening connections:
Take steps every day to make your connections count. If you are concerned about someone you know and need resource information, resources are available.
Watching a friend struggle can be overwhelming and heartbreaking. You want to help, but you’re not sure how to, and you are afraid they might be having suicidal thoughts. We have compiled ideas on ways to get your friend to open up about their thoughts and feelings.
Even the most motivated and well-trained Marines can find themselves challenged by stress. From everyday life to mission-driven deployments and combat. Stress in the Marine Corps world is inevitable.
Suicide Prevention Program (SPP) is multi-faceted and incorporates various programs aimed at holistic well-being for our Marines and their Families.