SUICIDE PREVENTION IS EVERYONE'S BUSINESS
The isolation and hopelessness that often precedes thoughts of suicide is now being addressed through vignettes and testimonials of real Soldiers who received help for psychological distress, or who assisted an individual in need.
September is Suicide Prevention Month and “Shoulder-to-Shoulder,” a video building on lessons learned from Army suicide trends and demographics addresses key issues like understanding actions that can be taken to intervene and prevent suicide. It also looks at the leader’s role in reducing the stigma associated with needing or seeking behavioral health care. Army Reserve leaders should use these resources as part of their training efforts in September.
The theme "Shoulder to Shoulder - I Will Never Quit on Life" conveys the message that we are committed to working together on a holistic approach to improving the physical, spiritual, and behavioral health of our Soldiers, their Families, and our Department of the Army Civilians.
“As part of our commitment to the health, safety and well being of our Soldiers, Families, and Civilians, we are highlighting training and programs that will help build resilience and provide behavioral health care to those in need,” said Col. Jon Dahms, Chief, Public Affairs Division at the Army Reserve. “By promoting health and reducing risky behavior, we are convinced we can reduce our suicide rate.”
The Army G-1 recently launched a new training video in the “Shoulder to Shoulder” series for units to use in the training programs. The purpose of the video and its resonating message to Soldiers is that “it’s a sign of strength and courage when you seek help when feeling distressed or intervene with those at risk.” A factsheet about the video, the video itself, and a civilian training video are available at the links below:
• 2010 Army "Shoulder to Shoulder: I Will Never Quit on Life" information paper
• Video: "Shoulder to Shoulder: I Will Never Quit on Life"
• Video: "Shoulder to Shoulder: DA Civilian Training"
Department of Defense
Restoring Hope: This Department of Defense Web special shares stories of perseverance and experiences to help give you the knowledge to help save a life.
You Can Help Save a Life: The Pentagon Channel is running a month-long video special that will introduce you to families impacted by the loss of a loved one to suicide, as well as to the warning signs and what actions the military is taking in suicide prevention. The site will also feature special bloggers sharing their experiences with suicide prevention.