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.