For many years there was no recognition, no ceremony to remember the veterans and active-duty military members who lost their battle to suicide.
This week, the Defense Centers of Excellence for Psychological Health and Traumatic Brain Injury (DCoE) is hosting a “Week of Remembrance.”
It’s a chance for families and friends to remember their loved ones, service members and veterans who committed suicide, by posting a photo or a thought on Facebook.
“Week of Remembrance” coincides with Suicide Prevention Month, observed in September by the Defense Department and related organizations.
Along with the remembrance are resources to share with servicemembers and veterans who may be at risk of suicide or in need of mental health help:
- Defense Suicide Prevention Office
- Defense Suicide Prevention Office (DSPO) Talking Points
- Suicide: What Unit Leaders Need to Know
- Reporting on Suicide
- Dispelling the Myths about Suicide
- You Are Not Alone: Suicide Prevention Tools for Warriors
- Restoring Hope: You Can Help Save a Life
Stories and information from across the services
- Suicide Facts for Primary Care Providers Helping Service Members and Families Overcome Barriers to Care
- Review of Well-Being in the Context of Suicide Prevention and Resilience
- What if Someone I Know Needs Help?
From the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline
Survivor assistance is available through the Tragedy Assistance Program for Survivors (TAPS), which provides tragedy assistance to anyone who has suffered the loss of a military loved one, regardless of the relationship to the deceased or the circumstance of the death, and Sesame Street’s Military Families Near and Far, which offers resources to help talk to children about grief and loss.
Confidential support for military members is available 24/7 from the Military Crisis Line by phone 800-273-8255 (press 1), text 838255 or online chat.
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