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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....