Department of Defense Wants You to "Connect to Protect" for Suicide Prevention Month
The battle to prevent suicide reaches far beyond an awareness month for the Department of Defense (DOD). It is a top priority for the DOD all year. This September, DOD observes Suicide Prevention Month (SPM) by spotlighting initiatives to educate our military community about suicide prevention and connecting them with resources.
Annual Suicide Report (ASR)
Effective January 1, 2019, the Department of Defense (DOD) Annual Suicide Report (ASR) serves as the release authority for the official annual suicide counts and unadjusted rates for the DOD. The Department is fully committed to preventing suicides in our military community – every death by suicide is a tragedy. Our second ASR presents recent suicide data for Service members and their families and describes current and future efforts underway to combat suicide in the Department of Defense. To view the Calendar Year 2019 Annual Suicide Report, please click here.
The Defense Suicide Prevention Office does not provide crisis services. If you or someone you know is in crisis, contact the Veteran/Military Crisis Line for immediate assistance.