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:
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.
Suicide is Preventable
Early identification and intervention is critical. Take action.
Talking about suicide can be scary for all involved, but making hard conversations a regular part of parent/teen communication makes it easier to tackle the tough topics like suicide.
The willingness to have the hard conversations is key to assisting our Marines and getting help so they can continue to thrive.
Have you heard about “Protect What You’ve Earned” yet? If so, you are probably wondering what this phrase means.