Annual Department of Defense Suicide Prevention Recognition 


2021 – 2022 Suicide Prevention Recognition  

Each year since 2016, the Department of Defense (DoD) has honored one exemplary installation from each of the Services, including the Reserve and National Guard, for their exceptional efforts to increase suicide prevention awareness and community engagement throughout the month of September – Suicide Prevention Month. Led by the Defense Suicide Prevention Office (DSPO), this recognition gives installations the opportunity to share across the Department their program successes. The Department recognizes suicide prevention requires year-round dedication.

To show appreciation for your impactful and continuing suicide prevention efforts across the year - from September 1, 2021, through September 30, 2022 - the Department will honor one exemplary installation from each branch of the Service, including the Reserve and National Guard, during its annual DoD Suicide Prevention Recognition. This period of observation not only amplifies the Department’s emphasis on year-round suicide prevention efforts, but also gives opportunity for installations to continue their “Connect to Protect: Support is Within Reach” themed campaigns throughout the year. In keeping with the Department’s suicide prevention communications tagline, #BeThere, the Department will recognize recipients for their continued efforts to #BeThere for Service members and families by spreading awareness, promoting connectedness, and building community support for suicide prevention.

2021-22 Suicide Prevention Recognition Call for Nominations



2021-22 Suicide Prevention Recognition Nomination Submission Instructions and Form


On September 7, 2022, the Department of Defense paid special tribute to the 2020-2021 Department of Defense Suicide Prevention Recognition Recipients.  The Department held this recognition ceremony to honor the recipients’ year-round accomplishments, including the 2020 Suicide Prevention Month campaign and their dedication to this life-saving work. The Department recognized six installations; their accomplishments are listed below. You can watch a recording of the ceremony.  

United States Army Garrison White Sands Missile Range  

White Sands Missile Range hosted school events combatting bullying, provided over 56 ACE - Ask, Care, Escort - training sessions to the workforce and soldiers, and a 2-minute commercial with the assistance of community members and Visual Information Branch to enhance suicide prevention efforts, among many other activities. You can read more about United States Army Garrison White Sands Missile Range.



Oregon Army National Guard  


The Oregon Army National Guard held the first annual Walk for Suicide Prevention. The installation also held a Suicide Prevention Brief & Discussion with a teen panel; wrote, requested, and helped produce two video messages on suicide prevention; and participated in Applied Suicide Intervention Skills Training (ASIST) training. You can read more about the Oregon Army National Guard. 



Marine Corps Air Station Beaufort  


Marine Corps Air Station Beaufort established a Suicide Prevention Planning Committee; set up suicide prevention resource tables at Troop Appreciations hosted by the Tri-Command Single Marine & Sailor Program; made social media posts to encourage Marines, Sailors and their family members to practice self-care; and provided Safe-Talk workshops facilitated by two chaplains. You can read more about Marine Corps Air Station Beaufort. 



Marine Corps Support Facility New Orleans  


The resiliency team at MARCORSPTFAC New Orleans, LA developed an enterprise wide mobile app, USMC Connect, to provide access to resources and to empower reservists to stay connected to their individual units outside of drill weekends. Launched in October of 2020, this reserve-centric app aims to increase feelings of connectedness. You can read more about Marine Corps Support Facility New Orleans. 



Cryptologic Warfare Group Six  


Cryptologic Warfare Group Six held a walk for suicide awareness and prevention, which drew 203 participants. In November and December, the annual Ugly Sweater Campaign provided supportive resources. In Spring 2021, the installation held a CALM campaign on access to lethal means. Gun lock distribution has quadrupled since the campaign began. You can read more about Cryptologic Warfare Group Six



Davis-Monthan Air Force Base 


The Davis-Monthan Air Force Base distributed chalk to decorate sidewalks with encouraging messages for 11,000 base personnel; the installation also hosted Boss and Buddy events where different members distributed conversation starter cards on tables to encourage people to connect. Finally, the installation provided a variety of trainings, which were well-attended. You can read more about Davis-Monthan Air Force Base. 



2019 Suicide Prevention Month Recognition Recipients 

Army Recipient for the 2019 DoD Suicide Prevention Month Recognition:  Army Garrison Fort Lee  

U.S. Army Garrison Fort Lee held eight major events during Suicide Prevention Month, including a #BeThere proclamation signing by senior Army and Marine leaders.



Marine Corps Recipient for the 2019 DoD Suicide Prevention Month Recognition:  Marine Corps Air Station Beaufort

Marine Corps Air Station Beaufort’s largest Suicide Prevention Month event was their kid and pet-friendly two-mile “Out of the Darkness” walk and virtual race.




Navy Recipient for the 2019 DoD Suicide Prevention Month Recognition:  Navy Information Operations Command Georgia

NAVIOCOM GA held seven major events during Suicide Prevention Month, including a Support Our Shipmates (SOS) Buddy Walk and Suicide Prevention Pledge signing.





National Guard Recipient for the 2019 DoD Suicide Prevention Month Recognition:  North Dakota Army National Guard

North Dakota Army National Guard hosted events and programs across the state during Suicide Prevention Month, including a live suicide prevention Q&A video stream with more than 1,000 views.




Air Force Recipient for the 2019 DoD Suicide Prevention Month Recognition:  Ali Al Salem Air Base

Ali Al Salem Air Base hosted numerous Suicide Prevention Month activities, including creation of a Facebook “Air Force Wingman Outreach” page that gained 30,000 followers in less than 30 days.



2018 Suicide Prevention Month Recognition  

Fort Carson’s Suicide Prevention Month program adopted a Value of Life theme which they promoted throughout the month of September. Message boards were placed across the installation that encouraged individuals to post and share inspirational and motivational thoughts. Fort Carson’s kickoff event was a community picnic that was attended by more than 600 Soldiers, family members, Veterans and local residents. In addition to enjoying games, entertainment, education and good food, community members engaged in activities to eradicate the stigma associated with suicide. During the month, Fort Carson expanded awareness about suicide prevention strategies and resources through unit level awareness and resource briefings that reached more than 400 Soldiers, briefings for newcomers and reintegrating Service members, and Applied Suicide Intervention Skills Training (ASIST) workshops that trained 54 gatekeepers. Fort Carson also partnered with 15 community agencies for a 5K Race against suicide that had more than 300 participants, each receiving promotional items with the Military Crisis Line/Veterans Crisis Line numbers. 


Marine Corps Air Station Iwakuni kicked off Suicide Prevention Month with the first American Forces Network (AFN) live radio stream that provided factual suicide prevention and intervention information to more than 3,000 listeners. They also published articles on behavioral health and suicide prevention in their September 2018, installation magazine and hosted tabling events during the month that provided information about suicide prevention, including strategies for assisting distressed individuals and accessing installation resources. Nearly 600 active duty, dependents and civilian personnel visited these events. In addition, the Air Station promoted a “wear yellow” campaign to increase awareness and show support for suicide prevention and conducted a two-day ASIST workshop to educate participants on identifying signs of distress and suicide risk, bystander behaviors and interventions, and accessing help on the installation.  


Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam’s Suicide Prevention Month program focused on community engagement and increasing awareness about the power of bystanders through publications, a targeted social media campaign, outreach to high risk populations, awareness and prevention trainings, and engagement with installation leadership. Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam kicked off Suicide Prevention Month with a Joint Services Suicide Prevention Proclamation signing and resource fair that had nearly 1,000 participants. The Proclamation was signed by leaders from all branches of the Military and the Governor of Hawaii. The event also featured a pledge drive for participants to commit to take steps to prevent suicide and interactive photo opportunities using the #BeThere and #PreserveOurOhana slogan. Throughout the month, Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam promoted Suicide Prevention Month events on social media using the "BeThere" and "PreserveOurOhana" themes, reaching a combined followership of over 10,000. A Teen Suicide Prevention/Awareness Training addressed issues teens face and detailed coping strategies centered on building resilience. In addition, more than 400 Service members, civilian employees and family members participated in four “Fight for Each Other (F4EO)” events that featured speakers sharing stories of the personal impact of suicide and their experiences as "bystanders.” 


Misawa Air Base’s Suicide Prevention Month program focused not only on educating the community about suicide prevention, but also on strengthening interpersonal connections. Misawa Air Base developed conversation cards that encouraged participants to discuss suicide prevention topics including stress management and tips for building connections. More than 17,000 Misawa Connect cards were placed in various locations (dining facilities, the bowling alley, chapel and golf course) and reached an estimated 8,240 individuals. Several Suicide Prevention Month social activities were hosted to expand awareness and build connections: two free bowling events that drew 520 young adults and a “Cookies and Canvas” event for 30 at-risk adults and their loved ones that addressed the importance of connections in suicide prevention. In addition, Misawa Air Base provided training for key spouses on suicide warning signs and available resources. 


The Indiana National Guard Camp Atterbury hosted the "Got Your Six, Be There: Your Action Could Save a Life” 5K Run/Walk/Bike to bring attention not only to Service members who have died by suicide, but also to support individuals currently struggling with suicidal thoughts and behaviors. The run was held in conjunction with Camp Atterbury’s Community Day to emphasize the importance of community involvement in preventing suicide and to highlight suicide prevention resources. More than 130 individuals, representing nearly every branch of the Military, participated in the race at Camp Atterbury. In addition, 44 deployed Service members participated in a sh1adow run in Kuwait. 


2017 Suicide Prevention Month Recognition  





2016 Suicide Prevention Month Recognition