DAVIS-MONTHAN AIR FORCE BASE, Ariz. --
Each September, the DOD observes National Suicide Prevention Month to promote prevention resources across military communities and share ways to take simple action to "Be There" for others and themselves.
This year’s National Suicide Prevention Month campaign theme, "Connect to Protect: Support is Within Reach," highlights the importance of connections between family, friends and the community, and knowing what resources can help prevent suicide, especially in these unique and challenging times.
Research indicates connectedness is a protective factor against some of the risks associated with suicide, such as loneliness or social isolation. The theme reinforces how everyone within reach, such as leaders, service members and families can play a role in preventing suicide.
“Behind the wing’s mission, rescue and attack, is the same message; if you need help, call in close Airman support. There are resources within reach to help you attack the problems of life,” said U.S. Air Force Maj. Corey Carnes, 355th Medical Group Mental Health Flight commander.
Throughout the month of September, Davis-Monthan’s Facebook will be highlighting the following resources that are available to you and the importance of connection.
Veterans Crisis Line/Military Crisis Line at 1-800-273-8255, press 1, a free, confidential resource that provides Department of Veterans Affairs support for all service members.
National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-8255, provides 24/7, free and confidential support for people in distress.
Military OneSource available 24/7/365 to help with handling stress and challenges.
inTransition at 1-800-424-7877, a free, confidential program that offers specialized coaching and assistance for active-duty service members, National Guard members, reservists, veterans and retirees who need access to a new mental health provider or wish to initiate mental health care for the first time.
Any reference to or listing of non-governmental organizations does not constitute endorsement by the DOD.