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Dear Griffins Friends, each September we join with the Department of Defense in promoting Suicide Prevention Month to educate our community on suicide prevention, resources and actions everyone can take to protect themselves. each other against suicide. During this time, we want to highlight the resources of military communities and share ways to take simple steps to âbe thereâ for others and for ourselves.
The slogan for this year’s Suicide Prevention Month campaign is Connect to Protect: Support is close at hand. It emphasizes the importance of connecting with family, friends and community members. Research indicates that connectivity is a protective factor against some of the risk factors for suicide, such as loneliness or feeling like a burden. The slogan reinforces how everyone on hand – leaders, military, friends and family – can play a role in suicide prevention.
We all have difficult times in our personal lives, and no one is immune. Sometimes we can deal with life’s hardships on our own using resilience skills. Other times our burdens become more than we can handle on our own, and that’s okay. In these times, we need support to help us recover. There is no shame in relying on others for this support. Remember, our combined strength is far greater than any of us alone!
Take stock of your challenges. What challenges has life presented to you? What are you struggling with right now? Explicitly identifying these obstacles can often make it easier to find a concrete path forward. Good personal care is also of the utmost importance at these times!
Rely on people you trust for help. When a burden is consuming your thoughts, it can be helpful to unload it with a trusted confidant. You might be surprised to learn that other people have come across something similar and they may have some advice on what has worked well for them.
Know your breaking point. We can all face fatigue from time to time; know when to get down on your knees, refocus your priorities, or meet your needs. Only then can you recover and resume the fight as strong (or even stronger) than before.
Ask for help BEFORE you desperately need it. Stop the boulder before it starts rolling down the hill. It is much more effective to overcome a difficult situation before it gains too much momentum. There is a plethora of military resources available to help people through difficult times, and remember you can always start with your Wing Chaplain or Wing Director of Psychological Health for advice on best way to do it!
In September and throughout the year, your Griffin Care and Resiliency Team will host a variety of events and activities to highlight the importance of connection. In addition to providing information and resources to prevent suicide, we hope to provide you with opportunities to make more meaningful and lasting relationships.
Please see below for additional resources available to military personnel and their families:
Military health resources
Service members and veterans in crisis or having thoughts of suicide, and those who know a military member or veteran in crisis, can call the Veterans / Military Crisis Line for confidential support available 24 hours a day, seven days. out of seven, 365 days a year. Call 1-800-273-8255 and press 1, text 838255 or chat online at www.VeteransCrisisLine.net
Program in transition
The inTransition program is a free, confidential program that provides specialist coaching and assistance for service members, National Guard members, Reservists, Veterans and retirees who need access to mental health care. when relocating to another posting, returning from deployment, transitioning from active duty to a reserve component, preparing to leave military service, any other time they need a new supplier first-time mental health care provider.
Military crisis line
The military crisis line, text messaging service, and online chat provide free assistance to all military personnel, including members of the National Guard and Reserve, and all veterans, even if they are not. are not registered with the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) or enrolled in VA health care.
Military Health System Web Pages:
These two web pages provide resources and information on the mental health services of the military health system.
Military medical treatment facilities
Mental health often provides mental health services, including integrated behavioral health clinics. Contact your primary care manager to see if this resource is available at your local hospital or military clinic. If so, you can make an appointment the same day. To find your hospital or military clinic:
A military source
Military OneSource can provide access to confidential military family life counselors in your community. Military OneSource also provides resources for you to manage stress and access benefits and tools that will help you stay physically and mentally strong. This page provides access to self-management mobile applications developed within the Department of Defense, VA and other partners. All mobile apps are free for iOS and / or Android devices.
Psychological health resource center
The Psychological Health Resource Center is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week for military personnel, veterans and family members who have questions on psychological health topics. Qualified mental health consultants can help you access mental health care and community support resources in your area.
True Warriors Campaign
The Real Warriors campaign aims to break the stigma associated with mental health care and encourages military members to seek help when they need it. Find articles with support resources, video profiles with military and veteran stories, and materials to download or order.
Air Force Resilience Resources
VAantage Point: dealing with current events in Afghanistan
This VA blog covers events unfolding in Afghanistan and encourages veterans to talk with friends and families, contact combat friends, connect with a peer-to-peer network, or join mental health services.