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SUBJ/NAVY SUICIDE PREVENTION MONTH//
RMKS/1. This NAVADMIN announces September as Navy Suicide Prevention Month
and the launch pad for year-long efforts to build resilience and unit
cohesion, navigate stress, and promote a culture supportive of seeking help
as a sign of strength.
2. Navy's suicide prevention effort is an All Hands evolution, all of the
time. The bond between leadership and the deck plate starts with leadership
engagement and efforts to foster trusting relationships between Sailors and
their surrounding environments. Prevention goes beyond training to being
able to recognize risk factors, warning signs, and understanding what to do
in a crisis situation. While these are critical elements, a sense of
community and belonging ultimately help Sailors make the decision to seek
assistance during challenging times so they do not succumb to stress and
3. The 2013 Navy Suicide Prevention Month theme "Thrive in Your Community,"
is based on the importance of community and self-purpose when dealing with
adversity. This year's efforts encourage Sailors to engage with one another
and make a difference to those around them; shipmates reaching out to
shipmates. By helping others, we help ourselves. Building resilience is not
just about recovering from challenges; it is about growing from them to
4. Sailors are encouraged to come together as commands, work-centers
installations, organizations or other groups to contribute to a project of
their choice that benefits others. Family and Navy community involvement is
encouraged. Participation in projects and volunteerism is not mandatory and
there is no minimum requirement for engagement. Commands are encouraged to
share their events with suicideprevention(at)navy.mil.
5. To facilitate raising collective awareness, suicide prevention tools and
resources are available for commands to use during September to spark
meaningful discussion and engagement. Fact sheets, plan of the day notes,
awareness products and additional resources for local involvement will be
available on www.suicide.navy.mil. Resources will be tailored to focus on
stress navigation and wellness, as well as risk and protective factors for
suicide. A sense of community will be highlighted as a significant
protective factor, helping Sailors thrive, not just survive. Command suicide
prevention coordinators will also be available to help organize local
6. Whether you work with your Coalition of Sailors Against Destructive
Decisions chapter to hold an awareness walk/run in support of suicide
prevention, or volunteer on a project as a command, you are investing time in
others as well as time for yourself. Shipmates that are willing to help one
another are more likely to be willing to receive help in return.
7. Life counts. It takes honor, courage, and commitment to prevent suicide
and simple acts of kindness make a difference. Seeking help is a sign of
strength and by helping others we help ourselves.
8. Point of contact is CAPT Kurt Scott, N171A Suicide Prevention, at
(901) 874-6635 or via email at kurt.scott(at)navy.mil.
9. Released by Vice Admiral W. F. Moran, N1.//