Dear Suicide Prevention Allies,
The Department of Defense (DoD) is committed to preventing suicide among our military community. Suicide prevention is a DoD priority throughout the year, but during September—Suicide Prevention Month—the Department brings added attention to the complex issue of suicide and emphasizes the resources and support available. Each year, the Defense Suicide Prevention Office (DSPO) develops and executes a Suicide Prevention Month campaign, in partnership with the Military Services. We encourage everyone to get involved and to #BeThere, not just for others, but for yourself as well.
Here are some ways you can join in and support the 2019 Suicide Prevention Month campaign:
If you, or someone you know is in a crisis, there is help—call the VCL/MCL at 1-800-273-8255, press 1, or visit www.militarycrisisline.net and chat online, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Calling from overseas? In Europe: Call 00800 1273 8255 or DSN 118; In Korea: Call 0808 555 118 or DSN 118; In Afghanistan: Call 00 1 800 273 8255 or DSN 111.
For non-crisis concerns, such as relationship, family, or financial challenges, you can get help from Military OneSource which provides 24/7 service to all Service members, including National Guard and Reserve members, and eligible family members. Arrange a face-to-face, phone, online, or video counseling session by calling 1-800-342-9647.
Thank you for your dedication to suicide prevention in September and year round.
This toolkit is designed for you and your organization to use to show your support for the DoD Suicide Prevention Month campaign.
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.