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SEPTEMBER - MENTAL HEALTH AND SUICIDE PREVENTION
Understanding suicide warning signs and risk factors can help identify those at risk, allow for early intervention, and prevent suicide. Mental Health and Suicide Prevention Month serves as a way to promote psychological health and suicide awareness and prevention, and encourage Sailors, Marines, and civilian personnel to access behavioral health and emotional well-being resources when needed. These valuable resources can be used not only by Sailors, Marines, and civilians who need a helping hand, but also by family members and friends.
The resources in this toolbox are designed to assist with fostering an environment free from the negative attitudes that can be associated with reaching out for help with life's challenges. Health promoters, command leadership, command Suicide Prevention Coordinators (SPCs), behavioral health providers, primary care and other specialty providers, corpsmen, as well as chaplains, are encouraged to use these resources and promote positive coping skills, reaching out for help before stress feels unmanageable, and utilizing available helping resources.
Military OneSource provides comprehensive information about everything from deployment to relationships to parenting and childhood services. Service members and families can also connect with a peer counselor who understands military life and its unique challenges. Call 800-342-9647.
The Marine Corps DSTRESS Line is a hotline and live chat that provides professional, confidential counseling for Marines, Fleet Marine Force Corpsmen, attached Sailors, and families. Use the live chat or call 1-877-476-7734.
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