By Mylinda Morris, Suicide Prevention Program, Department of Human Resources, U.S. Army Garrison-HawaiiSeptember 2, 2011
SCHOFIELD BARRACKS, Hawaii, Sept. 2, 2011 -- The Army will promote Suicide Prevention Awareness during the month of September using the theme "Shoulder to Shoulder: Building Resilience in the Army Family."
Everyone is encouraged to watch the Army's new video, "Shoulder to Shoulder: Finding Strength and Hope Together," available at www.armyg1.army.mil/hr/suicide/default.asp.
National Suicide Prevention Week is celebrated Sept. 4-10, culminating in World Suicide Prevention Day, Sept. 10.
The purpose of this day is to raise awareness around the world that suicide can be prevented. The World Health Organization estimates that one million people around the world die from suicide each year.
Preventing suicides is especially important in the military, as the Army just reported its worse month ever, with 32 suicides in July.
For the calendar year, the Army is at 177 deaths, which is lower overall than the previous year.
Locally, one confirmed suicide has been registered, and three deaths are under investigation.
Suicide Prevention Month activities will include "Strike out Suicide," a free bowling opportunity at each Army bowling center to help improve positive coping skills. Libraries will feature special displays, with information on suicide prevention, depression and post-traumatic stress disorder.
Suicide Intervention train-the-trainer classes, Sept. 1 and 22, at the Installation Training Center, 9 a.m.-3 p.m., will feature the Ask, Care, Escort, or ACE, intervention program. Call (808) 655-9105 to reserve a seat.
Most suicides can be prevented. Everyone should know the warning signs and risk factors for suicide.
ASK, CARE, ESCORT
If you or someone you care about is considering suicide, get help immediately.
• Call the Military Police at (808) 656-7114 or (808) 438-7114.
• Call the National Suicide Lifeline at (800) 273-8255 (TALK).
• Call Military OneSource at (800) 342-9647.
SUICIDE PREVENTION RESOURCES
Numerous resources are available to help when you know or think someone is suicidal:
• Visit www.militaryonesource.com.
• Visit www.preventsuicide.army.mil.
• Visit the Suicide Prevention Program at Building 2091, Schofield Barracks, or call (808) 655-9105.