Suicide Awareness: Prevention & Help

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prevention & help

Best Prevention PLans

The best prevention plans we have on suicide is getting help early and ending the stigma against getting help. These can only be achieved by the actions of those within our community. The easiest method to prevent suicide is early interventions when someone begins struggling with life's difficulties.

Examples of this are:

  • Getting couples counseling before a divorce or break up is even considered.
  • When you have been struggling with depressed moods or increased stress and anxiety for any length beyond a temporary response to a situation, talking with a counselor.
  • Reaching out to your friends when life feels like it's kicking your butt.
  • Reaching out to your friends who are going through a difficult time, even the strong ones.
  • Most importantly, asking someone how they are doing and truly listening to their answer.

Help After an Attempt or expressed ideation

  • Make sure your friend, colleague, loved one knows you are there to support them.
  • Check-in with your colleague or loved one often.
  • Help them keep up with their appointments.
  • Do not treat them as though they are fragile; they are not their suicidal thought or attempt, it is only a small part of who they are.
  • Confront jokes or myths about suicide and mental health.
  • Help create and maintain an environment where it’s okay to get help in your squadron, shop, office, friendship group, and home.
  • If you are the person who has been struggling, be as kind to yourself as you would those you care for.

Help After a death by suicide

  • Talk to someone, anyone, about how you’re coping with your loss.
  • Know that the grief associated with a death by suicide is complicated and full of questions.
  • Give yourself time to grieve.
  • Get help from the professional community for your group (squadron, shop, office, school).
  • Be careful of your use of alcohol or drugs in coping, it can make things worse.
  • Develop a way to honor your loved one’s life, not the way they died
  • Seek professional help if your grief starts interfering with your daily life (disrupting sleep, inability to function at work or school, lasting mood changes, etc.).
  • Confront the stigma against getting help in your community.
  • Treat yourself with the same level of kindness you would treat others.

help is available

  • Community Counseling Program: 253-6553
  • Branch Health Clinic Behavioral Health: 255-8331
  • Chaplain: 253-3371
  • Military Family Life
  • Counselors
  • Chain of Command
  • OSCAR Team Member
  • Suicide Prevention Program Officer
September is nationally recognized as Suicide Awareness & Prevention Month. However, we must always remain vigilant. Combat the stigma against getting help, correct the myths of suicide, and continue talking about and reaching out to one another in the fight against suicide. If you need help, please talk to someone. If you suspect someone else is struggling, please reach out. Be kind to yourself and those around you as we all only have this one life to live.

If you’re not sure where to go, remember there is no wrong door. #BeThereIwakuni