September is Navy Suicide Prevention Month and the launch pad for year-long efforts to build resilience and unit cohesion, navigate stress, and promote a culture supportive of seeking help as a sign of strength. Life counts. It takes honor, courage, and commitment to prevent suicide and simple acts of kindness make a difference. Seeking help is a sign of strength and by helping others we help ourselves.
By Chief of Naval Personnel Public Affairs
Suicide prevention goes beyond training people to recognize risk factors, warning signs or what to do in a crisis. You may not realize it, but suicide prevention happens every day when you do something kind for someone who didn’t expect it, or just take the time to actually listen to someone when you ask how they’re doing. It’s hard to quantify exactly how many lives you’re impacting or how you’re impacting them, but the one fact you can count on is that the little things you do mean something big to someone else. Often when we realize that we’ve helped others, we have a renewed sense of purpose and contribution even when we’re experiencing our own challenges and setbacks.
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