September is Suicide Prevention Month

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  • By Vera Ensalaco
  • 445th Airlift Wing Director of Psychological Health

September is Suicide Prevention Month. The two biggest factors in suicide prevention are connectedness and belonging.

When we feel connected to someone, feel that we belong, impart camaraderie, decrease feelings of loneliness, hopelessness, and social isolation, it can increase the number of positive connections and relationships with others.

It is imperative that while we encourage people to seek help, it’s as equally important to remove judgment and stigma from those who courageously seek assistance. Through this, we are doing our part to reduce any stigma associated with seeking services. Not only is it the right thing to do, but it is also protected under the EEOC, or Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, that allows for reasonable accommodations for conditions to include mental health. 

Sometimes all that is needed is a safe place to talk with someone. Sometimes more is needed. Regardless, it helps to make time for a daily connection with others. The smallest moment can have a big impact on someone who could be feeling down, hopeless or lonely.

Do you know who is going through something right now? Everyone. Each one of us has our own personal crisis, situation, trouble or circumstance that is private to us. Be cognizant of that. Be kind.

You don’t even have to care for someone’s vibe to extend kindness. Kindness is free, so you know, sprinkle it around.


  • 988: Suicide & Crisis Lifeline
  • 988, then press 1 or text 838255: Veteran Crisis Line

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