By Chief of Naval Personnel Public Affairs
With September marking Suicide Prevention Month, it’s an important time to have the conversation that could make a difference, share different ideas and learn about the valuable resources that will help the Navy continue the fight in preventing suicide year-round.
Since the launch of the Every Sailor, Every Day campaign and the “1 Small ACT” message, Navy’s Suicide Prevention Office, OPNAV N171 has seen outstanding participation across the fleet in sharing the simple every day actions that can save lives.
This year, that message is going even further and we want your help to continue to make this a success in reaching the entire Navy.
We’re asking you to share an example of how you will be there for yourself or for others. What will you do to strengthen your psychological, physical and emotional health? Please go to our 1 Small ACT Photo Gallery to get the details on participating, and check out the photos on the U.S. Navy Operational Stress Control Facebook page at www.facebook.com/navstress.
Just as this month is important to focus on individual self-care practices, it’s also critical to learn from others on what worked for them and how we can use it to build the strength to seek help, when we need it.
We spoke with the 21st Century Sailor Office Director, Rear Adm. Ann Burkhardt, on what can be done to look out for others and to get a preview of her 1 Small Act message.
Rear Adm. Ann Burkhardt describes how to look out for others in need and shares what’s she’s going to do for her 1 Small Act.
Stress can impact anyone. Solutions come in the form of everything from self-care to seeking help from professionals. It starts with a conversation, with yourself, with others, and with everyone at your command.
For more help in generating the conversation at your command, use the latest resources from the Suicide Prevention branch. Get Involved
The Military Crisis Line offers confidential support for active duty and reserve service members and their families 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Call 1-800-273-8255 and Press 1, chat online at www.militarycrisiline.net or send a text message to 838255.