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  • ‘Connect to protect,’ September is Suicide Prevention and Awareness Month

    ‘Connect to Protect’ is the theme of this year’s Suicide Prevention and Awareness month, which takes place each September. Throughout 2020, the Novel Coronavirus Disease 2019 pandemic has forced many to physically distance or isolate at times making it difficult to establish or keep relationships,

  • Combating suicide: What can I do today?

    Multiple Air Force initiatives are working toward a common goal; Empowering Leaders and Airmen to increase morale, cohesion, and readiness by recognizing when Airmen need help, decreasing barriers to help-seeking, and creating a culture in which Airmen and their families thrive.

  • Be there, be aware: Help prevent suicide

    When we focus on our health, it’s easy to pay attention to physical health versus mental well-being. Ignoring mental health concerns like anxiety and depression can lead to worsening symptoms and more serious issues. For some people, these issues may include an increased risk of suicide.

  • Suicide prevention month: stopping suicide is everyone’s battle

    September is Suicide Prevention Month, a time for Americans to build awareness and help understand suicide in our culture. More than 40,000 Americans lose their life due to suicide each year and research shows that rates in the military and the general population are very close. The loss of any one

  • #BeThere: for yourself and your wingman

    I survived two suicides. In 2015, the person I was seeing ended his own life. A few weeks later I tried to do the same. I am telling you this because I feel that transparency is the best way for me to help others who are going through what I experienced. I’ve learned a lot through my healing

  • #BeThere, before the call

    When the phone rings in the middle of the night, it’s like an alarm going off in your brain. No one calls at one in the morning to say they were “just thinking of you.”  I received one of those calls 13 years ago and woke to my mom telling me my dad had died from a self-inflicted gunshot wound. The

  • Say "No" to suicide

    At this moment, there are over seven billion people in this world; seven billion lives are separated by land and sea, cultural differences and socio-economic backgrounds, but fundamentally, our hearts beat the same, our eyes open each morning to the start of a new day and dreams of a life full of

  • Every Airman Plays a Role in Suicide Prevention

    The Air Force is determined to prevent suicide, but you don’t need to be a specialist or doctor to do that. Sometimes all it takes is starting a conversation. Everyone has a role to play. That’s a key part of the Department of Defense’s #BeThere Campaign, which encourages making a difference through