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Suicide Prevention Resources

Compiled by Leanne Kocsis, MilitaryAvenue.com

  • A Hero’s Hero: Recognizing Signs of Trouble: "In the life of a service member, family support is crucial.  The loved ones at home who offer comfort and encouragement in the midst of a sometimes chaotic military experience are vital to a service member’s well-being. But there’s another family in the life of a service member that is intimately acquainted with the rigors associated with military service."

 

 

  • New Suicide Prevention Therapy Tackles Psychological Trauma: "The protection and treatment of warfighters was a primary focus of the 2012 Military Health System Research Symposium held in Fort Lauderdale, Fla., Aug. 12-16, and the prevention of suicide among military personnel both during active duty and upon their return was of paramount importance to both researchers and attendees."

 

 

  • Physical Activity May Help with Suicide Prevention: "Regular physical activity in childhood and adolescence improves strength and endurance, helps build healthy bones and muscles, helps control weight, reduces anxiety and stress, increases self-esteem, and may improve blood pressure and cholesterol levels."

 

 

 

 

 

 

  • Panetta Discusses Efforts to Tackle Suicide: "In an interview with a North Carolina newspaper, Defense Secretary Leon E. Panetta voiced concern over suicide rates throughout the military and acknowledged the complexity of the issue."

 

 

 

 

  • "Shoulder to Shoulder" Suicide Prevention Stand Down: "A day to reflect, a day to plan for the future, a day to remember those lost, a day to consider that we are not immortal or invulnerable… I remember during my days as an airman taking “safety down days” after a particularly tragic series of flight accidents to do just that. To highlight behavior health during Suicide Prevention Month the US Army is taking a “Stand Down” tomorrow focusing on “… good health, teammate involvement, risk reduction and resilience training.”"

 

  • Online Toolkit Available for Mental Health Providers: "The Department of Veterans Affairs has developed a new online community provider toolkit aimed at delivering support, therapeutic tools, and resources to community providers treating veterans for mental health concerns."

 

  • Looking Out for Our Female Service Members and Vets: Female service members’ unique perspectives and experiences as women, wives and mothers affect how they handle the daily rigors of military life and deployments. Women often manage stress differently than men, and may have different responsibilities support needs than their male counterparts. Also, as increasing numbers of veterans are female, their needs are beginning to be considered.

 

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  updated 10/1/2012

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