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:

  • Participate in spiritual or community activities and groups
  • Make time to exercise or meditate
  • Prioritize your health by scheduling checkups with your primary care physician
  • Set challenging personal and professional goals and start working to achieve them
  • Seek support from peers, family, or health professionals
  • Limit the time you spend checking social media

Connect with others in your unit, installation, and surrounding community. Show your support, and be there for your community by strengthening connections:

  • Spend time with friends and family members. Keep them in the loop on your life events, and let them know you support them
  • Volunteer for causes or organizations that interest you
  • Listen when others in your life want to talk

Take steps every day to make your connections count. If you are concerned about someone you know and need resource information, resources are available.