By Mr. Eugene Wall (USACE)September 18, 2012
Vicksburg, Miss -- September is Suicide Prevention Month. The theme for this year's observance is "A Healthy Force is a Ready Force." The Army Suicide Prevention Program focuses on minimizing suicidal behavior by training Soldiers, leaders, Department of the Army civilians and family members to recognize signs of suicidal behavior, intervention strategies and how to refer individuals for care.
What is the Corps of Engineers doing?
During the Army Suicide Prevention Month, agencies and organizations throughout the Army are executing appropriate educational activities to observe Suicide Prevention Month. The US Army Corps of Engineers, Vicksburg District is providing Suicide Prevention training for every individual to ensure the safety and health of the workforce.
A Suicide Prevention Month 2012 link has been established on the District's website to facilitate training and resource needs. Public service announcements with senior leaders messaging are disseminated throughout the Army to support Army leaders in this endeavor.
Why is this important to the Vicksburg District?
The loss of any member of the Army family is a tragedy regardless of the reason and can have a profound impact on overall readiness. Through leadership, education and respect for each other, we can reduce or eliminate the stigma associated with suicide and help-seeking behaviors. The Army employs a holistic, multi-disciplinary approach to suicide prevention. Ensuring prompt access to quality health care is an essential component to the Army's approach to suicide prevention.