Connect to Protect: Support is Within Reach, highlights the importance of connecting fellow Marines and leaders to increase help-seeking behaviors." />
As part of the year-round commitment to preventing suicide among Marines, families, and the civilian workforce, the Marine Corps observes Suicide Prevention Month each September.
The year-long theme for suicide prevention, Connect to Protect: Support is Within Reach, highlights the importance of connecting fellow Marines and leaders to increase help-seeking behaviors.
How can you Connect to Protect?
Connect with self. It is important to focus on your own good health and wellness.
Connect with others. Show your support and #BeThere for your community by strengthening connections.
Take steps year-round to “Connect to Protect” with Marines and Families. Join your units or installations by participating in suicide prevention activities and programs.
If you are concerned someone is in crisis and you think it’s an emergency, don’t delay in responding. Call the duty (if the Marine lives in the barracks) or report the post immediately to your chain of command. If you believe the person is suicidal, call 911 or 988.
If the situation is concerning but not an emergency, give the person options to talk to someone on the phone, online, or in person:
A positive command climate encourages Marines to support and check in with each other regularly. Sometimes individuals just need a listening ear with no judgment. Dr. Brené Brown talks about empathy in this video: Brené Brown on Empathy vs Sympathy.
Marines and families can connect with others by using an approach called OARS, which stands for: Open Questions, Affirming, Reflective Listening, and Summarizing.
Marines and families can seek mental health help from a variety of Marine Corps Community Services resources: Services - Marine Corps Community (usmc-mccs.org).
Individuals who want to become trained in mental health first aid can find free courses or talk to their leadership about joining the unit’s Operational Stress Control and Readiness (OSCAR) Team.
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.