September: Suicide Prevention Awareness Month

September is National Suicide Prevention Awareness Month. Suicide continues to be a public health issue within the Department of Defense as well as the nation. Airmen at all levels are encouraged to continue to increase awareness of suicide prevention and the importance of seeking help before it’s too late.

Every person can make a difference by helping Airmen understand they are not alone and positive support is available – all they need to do is ask for help. One act of kindness or concern makes a difference and it’s often that one act that saves a life. The DoD’s outreach campaign of ‘#BeThere – Your action could save a life’ focuses on the role each person has in suicide prevention and ensuring those at risk are aware of the mental/behavioral health resources available to them. Remember: Ask, care and escort … you may just be saving a life.

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September is also
Healthy Aging Awareness

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September is also
Prostate Cancer Awareness

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Health Month

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Sample Tweets

Sometimes helping prevent suicide only takes a conversation. #BeThere http://www.airforcemedicine.af.mil/News/Article/925700/every-airman-plays-a-role-in-suicide-prevention/

Did you know: 1 in every 3 children in the US are overweight or obese? Visit @CDCgov for tips to keep our kids healthy! http://www.cdc.gov/features/childhoodobesity/

#HealthyAgingMonth: It’s not too late to take control of your health. http://www.hhs.gov/aging/healthy-aging/index.html#