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  • Suicide Leaves Bruises: Final 24

    A porch is a place where families gather to greet each other after months of being apart, a place where people sit to enjoy their drinks and watch their neighbors pass by, a place where hugs and love is spread throughout the hearts that gather there. Does anyone ever think that their porch is where they would spend their last hours thinking about life and then putting a gun to their head?
  • ‘Connect to Protect’ during Suicide Prevention Month

    September is Suicide Awareness and Prevention Month and this year’s theme is “Connect to Protect.”
  • Just keep swimming

    U.S. Air Force Staff Sgt. Justin Waters, 325th Fighter Wing equal opportunity noncommissioned officer in charge, has been leading the movement in educating Tyndall on Suicide Awareness and Prevention.
  • Suicide Prevention Walk Brings H.O.P.E

    Every day, approximately 123 individuals take their own lives in the United States. Of those individuals, U.S. military members and veterans make up 18 percent of adult suicides.
  • Just be there

    Ask. Care. Escort. These are the instructions military members are given when they suspect someone has suicidal ideations. The military stresses the importance of the wingman concept and being there for each other. I did not realize how pertinent those concepts would be in my life when I initially heard them at my first duty station.
  • Rescued to be a rescuer

    September is National Suicide Prevention Month, and much emphasis is being put on a mental health crisis that has impacted military members. Tech. Sgt. Noah Stamps, 325th Fighter Wing chaplain corps superintendent, works in an office where individuals can go and talk about life issues with full confidentiality. His career field is one where helping fellow Airmen talk and work through tough times is an everyday thing. Earlier this year, however, Stamps was the one reaching out for help.
  • Commentary: watching out for lost wingmen

    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. There will probably never be answers for the question of why people commit suicide.
  • The monster within

    The monster within -- A letter to those suffering in silence
  • Air Force psychologist considers social media’s role in suicide prevention

    Social media connects us to more people than ever before, but these contacts may not be the type that help build resiliency. Strong interpersonal connections play a critical role in suicide prevention. Used correctly, social media can be an important tool in the suicide prevention toolbox for commanders, friends, and family.
  • Be there, be aware: Help prevent suicide

    When we focus on our health, it’s easy to pay attention to physical health versus mental well-being. Ignoring mental health concerns like anxiety and depression can lead to worsening symptoms and more serious issues. For some people, these issues may include an increased risk of suicide.
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