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Thrive in Your Community Engagement Around the Fleet Updated!

  • Online releases from commands and leaders:
  • Navy Warfare Development Command is holding a Suicide Prevention and Awareness run on September 27, 2013. Non-runners can sponsor participants, receiving awareness materials in exchange for their sponsorship. An award will be presented to the participant with the most sponsors.
  • Naval Submarine Base Kings Bay is promoting comprehensive wellness through community engagement. Stress and Wellness events and giveaways have been taking place throughout the month, focusing on outreach and awareness.
  • Naval ROTC Cyclone Battalion conducted a moment of silence and a candle lighting ceremony to recognize those lost to suicide and promote a sense of community.
  • U.S. 4th Fleet Maritime Operations Center sponsored a community event for local Suicide Prevention Coordinators, addressing the challenges and rewards of being a part of the SPC community.
  • U.S. Fleet Forces Fleet Master Chief Clarke was featured as guest speaker at the Hampton Roads Out of the Darkness Community Walk on September 7, 2013. Over 2300 community participants have registered, including 24 Navy Teams and one "Thrive in Your Community" team!
  • Naval Support Activity Mid-South Commanding Officer Captain Douglass H. Walker signed a Suicide Prevention Proclamation on September 5, 2013, underscoring the importance of community support. A unity and awareness walk followed. Stay tuned for highlights of the event!
  • Rear Admiral R.L. Williamson, Commander Navy Region Southeast, signed the regional proclamation to officially kick-off Navy Suicide Prevention Month on September 5, 2013. It encourages Sailors, commands, families and civilians in the region to empower themselves by taking personal responsibility for their health, wellness, and growth  as the next step to building resilience.
  • Naval Air Station Jacksonville is spreading stress navigation and suicide prevention awareness through a variety of initiatives including poster displays, watchstander suicide prevention training and drills, and more.

Want to see your command or region highlighted here? Send us details about the creative ways you're promoting "Thrive in Your Community" to

Resources for Project Involvement

Other Ideas for Projects

  • Organize a 5K suicide prevention awareness run/walk aboard your installation
  • Plan a fellowship dinner or suicide prevention awareness luncheon aboard your ship or installation
  • Organize a health and wellness fair aboard your ship or installation
  • Organize a stress navigation fair aboard your ship or installation
  • Support a Local Food Bank
  • Conduct a "send off" each afternoon during a weeklong period; Sailors, leaders and families hold up signs with inspirational messages at installation exits
  • Work with shipmates to post signs with inspirational messages around your ship
  • Organize a stress navigation "trivia night" using Operational Stress Control and Suicide Prevention facts/resources
  • Visit a local children's hospital and share inspiration
You may also develop and submit original posters or Public Service Announcement videos to OPNAV N171 as a contribution supporting 2013 Suicide Prevention Month. Those that follow messaging and guidelines, following SME and leadership approval, will be broadcast via US Navy and Operational Stress Control social media channels.

All entries must:

  1. Convey a clear suicide awareness or prevention message emphasizing a sense of community as a suicide protective factor.
  2. Utilize one or both of the following messages: Suicide Prevention is an all hands evolution, all of the time -OR- Together we can help each other thrive, not just survive.
  3. Include reference to ACT - Ask Care Treat,, and the Veteran's Crisis Line (1-800-273-TALK, Option 1)
  4. Be approved for public release prior (ref. DODI 5040.7) to submission to OPNAV N171. All entries will be reviewed by a Navy Public Affairs official to determine final eligbility for public release.
  5. For additional guidance and technical specifications, please call 901-874-6922.
  6. Please email submissions to For larger files, contact us for submission guidance.

Follow @NavStress on Facebook and Twitter for more ideas and examples from around the fleet!


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