Fighting suicide everyone's responsibility
September 16, 2010
- treatable and avoidable tragedy
- Army's most precious resource is its Soldiers
- Suicide Prevention Month
- Ask, Care and Escort (ACE)
Garrison Command Sergeant Major
Fort McPherson and Fort Gillem
It's been said time and time again: the Army's most precious resource is its Soldiers.
As part of a larger Army Family, all Soldiers feel the loss of a fellow brother-or sister-in-arms.
When that loss comes as a result of suicide, it can be particularly devastating because suicide is always a treatable and avoidable tragedy.
Today and every day, I am challenging Soldiers, Civilian employees and Family members to join me in the fight against suicide.
In support of Suicide Prevention Month, this week's issue of the Sentinel contains information on ways, such as the Ask, Care and Escort (ACE) method, to indentify and respond to suicidal behavior.
However, the common thread throughout all methods of suicide awareness is vigilance. Soldiers and Civilian personnel should keep an eye out on their battle buddies and co-workers.
It is more important to save a life than to avoid an awkward or emotional confrontation.
If you're unsure about signs you may be seeing, don't hesitate to ask for another opinion.
It is our shared responsibility to do all we can to help those in need.
Perhaps even more importantly, Soldiers and other Army personnel should know they can ask for help themselves at any time when dealing with thoughts of suicide.
There is nothing shameful or wrong with asking for help. I repeat: there is nothing wrong with asking for help.
Careers will not be negatively affected, reputations will not be ruined and lives will only be improved, not destroyed.
As always, I and the members of the leadership group of the U.S. Army Garrison stand ready to assist anyone who needs or wants help fighting suicide.
Together, we will do our best to ensure that every Soldier, Civilian employee and Family member stay a safe and healthy part of the Army team.