SCHOFIELD BARRACKS, Hawaii -- The holiday season is once again upon us, and despite the joy and excitement it brings, the holidays can also be a source of stress -- whether stress is from family or financial dilemmas.
This month, please support or encourage a Soldier, family member or veteran to get help. The mindful act of showing care and concern to those who may be vulnerable can be a game changer.
Ask them whether they are okay, listen to what they have to say in a nonjudgmental way and let them know you care. All can provide a significant impact.
Do not isolate. Isolation increases the risk of suicide, but being there for someone who has become disconnected from friends and family can be lifesaving.
The Army's strength comes by the numbers of those who support suicide prevention efforts. We encourage our Soldiers, families and communities to "Take a Stand!" and prevent suicide by showing support for a Soldier.
Stop for a minute, shake a hand, have a conversation or say "Thank you for your service."
Around the world, many people and organizations are involved in efforts to prevent suicide. Reaching out to those who may be at risk of suicide increases the likelihood that our collective efforts are reducing the number of people who die by suicide.
If you need to speak with a professional on Oahu, you can call 832-3100 or text 741741.
This season, we want everyone to have a safe and happy holiday!