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September is Suicide Prevention Month throughout the United States. During the month, organizations provide information about identifying warning signs of suicide, increase the understanding of what leads to suicide and promote helpful resources. 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. (U.S. Air Force illustration by Airman 1st Class Kathryn R.C. Reaves) Suicide Prevention Month raises awareness, promotes understanding
Throughout September, organizations across the United States make efforts to raise awareness of a mental health issue affecting many demographics.
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2017
The question that matters most The question that matters most
It was about one in the morning when Jim Cunningham found out his eldest brother committed suicide.
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2017
Tech. Sgt. Stevi Smalts Airman overcomes suicidal thoughts, strives to help others
Being part of the Air Force is not an easy task. Airmen are charged with supporting and defending the U.S. from all enemies, foreign and domestic. As a result, the military life has many stressors and responsibilities. Deployments, financial strains, intensive training, long work days and adapting to new austere environments are a few examples of the hardships some Airmen face.
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2017
Resources and resiliency help children of military parents turn away from suicidal thoughts Resources and resiliency help children of military parents turn away from suicidal thoughts
Like many teenagers starting high school, Edward was having trouble fitting in. The child of military parents who traveled around the world, Edward, whose name has been changed to protect his privacy, found himself in a new, civilian school where he was one of few “military brats.” He was admittedly a bit out of shape, nerdy, and found it hard to make friends.
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2017
Tech. Sgt. Lloyd, 22nd Attack Squadron sensor operator, poses for an illustrative photo for National Suicide Prevention Awareness month Sept. 14, 2017, at Creech Air Force Base, Nev. Airmen helping Airmen: Suicide prevention
Charged with the safety of every American against all enemies, both foreign and domestic, military members are expected to perform in highly stressful environments. Airmen deal with everyday stressors that come with wearing the uniform, and issues that arise both on and off the battlefield.These challenges eventually become too much for some to bear. According to the Department of Veterans Affairs, 22 Veterans commit suicide every day and according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, more than 40,000 people commit suicide every year in the U.S. alone.
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2017
Default Air Force Logo Eliminate the risk of secondhand smoke to your family
You don’t have to be a routine smoker to feel the harmful health effects that cigarette smoke produces. Keeping the windows open in the car or house doesn’t eliminate the risk, either.
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2017
Suicide Prevention Month graphic Suicide prevention month: stopping suicide is everyone’s battle
September is Suicide Prevention Month, a time for Americans to build awareness and help understand suicide in our culture. More than 40,000 Americans lose their life due to suicide each year and research shows that rates in the military and the general population are very close. The loss of any one person to suicide is a tragedy, and that is why
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2017
A Member From The Personal Equipment Office Inspects The Oxygen Equipment Worn By A Pilot Of The 353rd Fighter Group, Based In England. 27 May 1945. Creation of the first Central Medical Establishment in World War II
In the early days of World War II, Eighth Air Force Surgeon, Col. Malcolm C. Grow, grew concerned about the mental and physical well-being of aircrews within the command. To address these concerns, he first created a ‘Care of the Flyer’ section on his staff. Shortly thereafter, with the help of Col. Harry G. Armstrong, Grow stood up a medical research, development, and training facility in Great Britain to study additional ways to keep flyers in the air, eventually called the first Central Medical Establishment.
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2017
88th Medical Group gastroenterology clinic NCOIC, Staff Sgt Gregory Chaffin, points out the digestive system as he explains the broad range of diseases the gastroenterology clinic treats and provides screenings for. The clinic also diagnoses and treats patients with acid reflux and irritable bowel syndrome. Gastroenterology clinic helps prevent colon cancer with early detection screenings
WRIGHT-PATTERSON AIR FORCE BASE, Ohio – The 88th Medical Group gastroenterology clinic treats and provides screenings for a broad range of diseases of the digestive system.  Services provided at the clinic are colon cancer screenings and prevention. Other procedures also conducted are esophagogastroduodenoscopies (EGD) to examine the esophagus and
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2017
Senior Airman Nicole Moore, 59th Medical Wing medical technician, was recognized as one of the Air Force 12 Outstanding Airmen of the Year for 2017, July 7th, 2017. An Air Force selection board at the Air Force Personnel Center considered 36 nominees who represented major commands, direct reporting units, field operating agencies and Headquarters Air Force. The board selected the final 12 Airmen based on superior leadership, job performance and personal achievements. 59th Medical Wing airman named Outstanding Airman of the Year
Senior Airman Nicole Moore, 59th Medical Wing medical technician, was recognized as one of the Air Force 12 Outstanding Airmen of the Year for 2017, July 7th, 2017. An Air Force selection board at the Air Force Personnel Center considered 36 nominees who represented major commands, direct reporting units, field operating agencies and Headquarters Air Force. The board selected the final 12 Airmen based on superior leadership, job performance and personal achievements.
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2017
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