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Tough Conversation: Suicide, mental health awareness
December 23, 2021
— Brig. Gen. Caroline M. Miller, the 502d Air Base Wing and Joint Base San Antonio commander, and Command Chief Master Sgt. Casy Boomershine hosted their “Tough Conversation” forum Dec. 14, 2021, where they discussed suicide awareness and mental health issues with 12 JBSA-Randolph members...
Preventing suicide includes support of JBSA family, agencies
June 25, 2021
— Whether it’s going through basic training, processing or deploying, service members, military spouses and family members are constantly having to adapt to change. Sometimes the stressors of military life, or other life-changing events, can cause loneliness, isolation or depression and lead to thoughts of suicide. ...
‘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
— September is Suicide Prevention Month. What can you do to help?...
VA joins Army in major DOD research effort to prevent suicides
September 15, 2020
— An ongoing Defense Department-directed epidemiological study recently got a helping hand that could help generate actionable recommendations to reduce military suicides...
Suicide Prevention Month: The importance of connectedness
September 3, 2020
— Strong connectedness — the level of closeness we feel to others — not only enhances our quality of life, it can also save lives. ...
‘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
— Advocacy is the heart of the work of the Integrated Resilience Program. Found in the 502nd Air Base Wing headquarters building at Joint Base San Antonio-Fort Sam Houston, the Integrated Resilience Program provides services to each JBSA installation to enhance the quality of life...
Volunteers show commuters ‘We Care’ at JBSA-Lackland entry gates
December 19, 2019
— 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. Above all -- you matter and your Air Force Family cares about you. ...
DOD releases report on suicide among troops, military family members
September 27, 2019
— Defense Department officials have released a report focused on prevention and analysis of service member and family member suicides...
Commentary: How suicide changed my life
September 17, 2019
— Learning about mindfulness has helped me acknowledge the thoughts I have that are harmful to my mental health. It has helped me learn not to be judgmental of myself when I do the wrong things or make bad decisions. It has given me the ability to treat myself with grace and forgive myself. ...
Iraq veteran overcomes rough childhood, suicide attempt to achieve resilience
September 13, 2019
— An Iraq War veteran who endured a brutal childhood, testified against his mother during her murder trial and tried to end his own life brought his story of resilience and forgiveness to an audience of military members and civilians at Joint Base San Antonio-Randolph this week...
JBSA leaders sign proclamation observing Suicide Prevention Month
September 10, 2019
— Joint Base San Antonio leaders pledged support for programs and initiatives to reduce suicide among service members and their families, retirees, veterans and Department of Defense civilians in a ceremony held Sept. 3 at the JBSA-Fort Sam Houston Military & Family Readiness Center...
Executive order offers better access to mental health resources
September 4, 2019
— An executive order signed last year by President Donald J. Trump has already been especially helpful to transitioning service members, Karin Orvis, the director of the Defense Suicide Prevention Office, said...
Two days could mean a lifetime to a Wingman
August 6, 2019
— Airmen can find the courage to help from Applied Suicide Intervention Skills Training, or ASIST, a suicide intervention skills training offered every month at Joint Base San Antonio. ASIST helps participants become more willing, ready and able to intervene with someone at risk of suicide...
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 www.af.mil/Suicide-Prevention...
Commentary: watching out for lost wingmen
February 27, 2019
— 6,079. That’s the number of veteran suicides for 2016, the most recent year reported. In some ways it’s just a random number and hard to put into any type of perspective. In many ways it’s sobering, sad, disturbing and disappointing...
Combating suicide: What can I do today?
November 28, 2018
— Multiple Air Force initiatives are working toward a common goal: Empowering leaders and Airmen to increase morale, cohesion, and readiness by recognizing when Airmen need help, decreasing barriers to help-seeking, and creating a culture in which Airmen and their families thrive...
22 and Me - Suicide in the DNA
October 12, 2018
— Many have heard of the ancestry and DNA service, 23 and Me. This organization takes your DNA sample and it breaks down the 23 chromosomes that make up who you are. It then provides your family history and identifies threats to your health as displayed in your genetic makeup...
Commentary: Preventing suicide - starting with myself
October 2, 2018
— Other days, and even on good ones, the thought creeps up out of nowhere – an insidious sense of doubt. Of worthlessness and a sense of purposelessness that whispers in my ear and tells me that I will never accomplish the goals I have set for myself. The thoughts that make me ask why I shouldn’t just call it quits and end the sadness that plagues me...