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Commentary: Overcoming abuse
April 5, 2024
U.S. Air Force Airman 1st Class Michelle Ferrari, 49th Wing Public Affairs journeyman, poses for a photo at Holloman Air Force Base, New Mexico, April 3, 2024. Ferrari shared her experiences that ultimately led to her joining the Air Force, exemplifying resiliency and the ability to overcome hardships and traumatic experiences. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Antonio Salfran)

Preventing suicide through social connectedness
September 19, 2023
Preventing suicide through social connectedness

JBSA launches suicide prevention, awareness month campaign
September 6, 2022
JBSA Suicide Prevention Month Banner

Tough Conversation: Suicide, mental health awareness
December 23, 2021
Tough Conversation: Suicide, mental health awareness

Preventing suicide includes support of JBSA family, agencies
June 25, 2021
Command Master Chief Wendell Snider (middle) holds a signs in support of the We Care Day event April. 16, 2021, at Joint Base San Antonio-Randolph, Texas. The event was in support of Month of the Military Child and Child Abuse awareness month.

‘You are important’ - JBSA Suicide Prevention Program reaches out
March 12, 2021
In the midst of the Coronavirus pandemic, the Joint Base San Antonio Suicide Prevention Program has not stopped its life-saving efforts. They have simply reconfigured them to be flexible and meet people’s needs during a difficult time.

Commentary: Connect to protect
September 22, 2020
Graphic shows a road leading two directions - one to suicide the other to support.

VA joins Army in major DOD research effort to prevent suicides
September 15, 2020
A Defense Department-directed epidemiological study, the Study to Assess Risk & Resilience in Servicemembers, recently teamed up with the Department of Veteran's Affairs July 27 to help produce actionable information for senior military leaders to help troops.

Suicide Prevention Month: The importance of connectedness
September 3, 2020
During September —Suicide Prevention Month — the Department of Defense is focusing on Connectedness, using the slogan Connect To Protect to highlight how social connections and a sense of belonging can be a protective factor against suicide.

‘Connect to Protect’ during Suicide Prevention Month
August 28, 2020
September is Suicide Awareness and Prevention Month and this year’s theme is “Connect to Protect.”

Risk and resilience: Help for those struggling with thoughts of suicide
June 5, 2020
Thoughts of suicide

Volunteers show commuters ‘We Care’ at JBSA-Lackland entry gates
December 19, 2019
37th Training Wing military and civilian members hold positive messages of support at base gates during the morning inbound commute as part of their new initiative, “We Care,” at Joint Base San Antonio-Lackland, Texas, Dec. 18, 2019. The initiative involved 37th Training Wing military and civilian members spending the morning at various gates letting each person know that they stand together in support of those struggling with depression and thoughts of suicide by holding a positive message of support and handing out over 400 candy canes. If you are struggling with thoughts of suicide, please go directly to the Mental Health Clinic or to your closest Emergency Room. You can also reach the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-8255.

DOD releases report on suicide among troops, military family members
September 27, 2019
Common misconceptions about suicide.

Commentary: How suicide changed my life
September 17, 2019
Staff Sgt. Amanda Stanford, 59th Medical Wing broadcast journalist, shows both sides of depression Aug. 15, 2019 at Wilford Hall Ambulatory Surgical Center. If you or someone you know is struggling with thoughts of hurting themselves, call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at (800) 273-8255.

Iraq veteran overcomes rough childhood, suicide attempt to achieve resilience
September 13, 2019
Andrew O’Brien, an Iraq War veteran and public speaker, shares his message of recreating a positive life from negative experiences at Joint Base San Antonio-Randolph, Texas, Sept. 10, 2019.  O’Brien endured a brutal childhood, testified against his mother during her murder trial and tried to end his own life; with this speaking engagement he shared his resilience and forgiveness to an audience of military members and civilians.

JBSA leaders sign proclamation observing Suicide Prevention Month
September 10, 2019
Joint Base San Antonio leaders pledged to support programs and initiatives to reduce suicide among service members and their families, retirees, veterans and Department of Defense civilians at a proclamation signing ceremony in observance of Suicide Prevention Month held at the JBSA-Fort Sam Houston Military & Family Readiness Center Sept. 3. Signing the proclamation were (from left) Lt. Col. Chad Humphrey, U.S. Marine Corps officer in charge, Wounded Warrior Battalion East, Detachment San Antonio; Brig. Gen. Laura L. Lenderman, 502nd Air Base Wing and JBSA commander; Rear Adm. Tina Davidson, Navy Medicine Education, Training and Logistics Command commander; Lt. Gen. Laura Richardson, U.S. Army North (Fifth Army) commander; and Cmdr. Libby Rasmussen, U.S. Coast Guard, Department of Homeland Security, Joint Task Force-West.

Executive order offers better access to mental health resources
September 4, 2019
Executive Order 13822, "Supporting Our Veterans During Their Transition From Uniformed Service to Civilian Life," aims to help transitioning service members, ensuring access to mental health care and suicide prevention resources - particularly during the member's first year of transition after separation or retirement.

Two days could mean a lifetime to a Wingman
August 6, 2019
Armando O. Franco, wellness team lead, Air Force Wounded Warrior Program, instructs unit and service members during an Applied Suicide Intervention Skills Training session, July 31, 2019, Joint Base San Antonio-Randolph. The training is a two-day interactive workshop that teaches suicide first-aid initiatives.

Commentary: Refusing to be a bystander
April 16, 2019
The Air Force encourages Airmen who identify an individual considering suicide to use the A.C.E. model: ask directly if a person is considering suicide, care by actively listening and removing means for self-injury, and escort the person to a helping organization. For more information, visit the Air Force suicide prevention website at http://www.af.mil/Suicide-Prevention.

Commentary: watching out for lost wingmen
February 27, 2019
There is no shame in reaching out for help, asking for help, or letting others know you are lost.