2013 Navy Suicide Prevention Month - Thrive in Your Community
Final Update: 18 Oct. 2013
Suicide prevention goes beyond training to recognize risk factors, warning signs or what to do in a crisis. While these things are critical elements of readiness, actual prevention happens every day when we do something kind for someone who didn't expect it, or take the time to actively listen and care when asking how others are doing. Small acts make a difference to those around us, and can make a difference in the way we view ourselves. Often when people realize that they have done something—intentionally or unintentionally—to help others, they have a renewed sense of purpose and belonging even when enduring their own personal stress. A sense of community and belonging are what ultimately help Sailors make the decision to seek help during adversity so that they don't succumb to the burdens of stress and hopelessness. Those who are willing to help others are usually more willing to receive help when needed.
Based on the importance of a sense of community and purpose when dealing with adversity, this year’s efforts encourage Sailors to engage with one another and make a difference to those around them. The theme of 2013 Navy Suicide Prevention Month is Thrive in Your Community:
During the month of September, Sailors are encouraged to come together as commands, work-centers, installations, organizations or other groups to contribute to a project of their choice that benefits others.
Participation in projects and volunteerism is not mandatory and there is no minimum requirement for engagement.
Projects can benefit a unit, command, installation, Navy family, neighborhood, community, or other group.
To facilitate raising collective awareness, suicide prevention tools and resources will be made available on this website for command use during September and throughout the year to spark meaningful discussion and engagement. See below for products.
Family involvement is encouraged; suicide prevention is an all hands evolution.
Ideas and resources for Thrive in Your Community events can be found by visiting the "Getting Involved" section under the sidebar menu.
Please submit your local activities to firstname.lastname@example.org. Include command, date, time, and a 1-2 sentence description. If available, feel free to send photos (please include public affairs release and attribution). Your activity may be shared on this page, and/or our social media accounts.
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