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Suicide Prevention and Awareness

About Suicide

Suicide is a preventable public health concern that has significant impact on families, friends, classmates, co-workers, and communities. The tenth leading cause of death  nationally, the Center for Disease Control identifies suicide as third leading cause of death among 10-14 year-old youths and the second leading cause of death for 15-24 year-olds.

Promoting safe and positive learning environments that foster mental, emotional, and physical wellness remains a priority for the Department of Defense Education Activity (DoDEA). That is why we support the Departments "BeThere" campaign, a joint initiative developed by the Department of Defense and the Office of Veterans Affairs. This campaign emphasizes that "one person has the power to teach resilience, recognize warning signs, intervene, chat, or make a call; it only takes one person or one act to save another person's life."  Everyone is capable of making a difference, and connecting someone with support does not have to be hard. Familiarize yourself with the risk factors, warning signs, and protective factors of suicide today, and learn how you can connect someone in need with confidential support.

Additional resources promoting suicide prevention and awareness are listed below.

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Risk Factors:

How can I identify characteristics, circumstances, or life events that increase suicide risk?

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Warning Signs:

What warning signs or behaviors indicate that an individual may be contemplating suicide?

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Service Members and Veterans Warning Signs:

What warning signs or behaviors indicate a veteran may be contemplating suicide?

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Protective Factors:

What are the characteristics, skills, or resources that foster resiliency and help counterbalance risk factors?

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Posters and materials:

Suicide Prevention Month

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How can I cope with the loss of a friend or family member to suicide?

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Brochure (PDF)

Confidential help for Service members and their families.

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Poster (PDF)

This poster is downloadable.

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Suicide Prevention PSA for Military Families

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The Power of 1

Seek Help Immediately

If you are:
Thinking about hurting or killing yourself
Looking for ways to kill yourself
Talking about death, dying, or suicide
Self-destructive behavior such as drug abuse, weapons, etc

Identify the Warning Signs:

  1. Hopelessness, feeling like there's no way out
  2. Anxiety, agitation, sleeplessness or mood swings
  3. Feeling like there is no reason to live
  4. Rage or anger
  5. Engaging in risky activities without thinking
  6. Increasing alcohol or drug abuse
  7. Withdrawing from family and friends