September is National Suicide Prevention month. With military suicides more than doubling since 2001, Naval Medical Center San Diego offers this advice.
What to look for:
- Distress-related behaviors
- Relationship problems
- Financial problems
- Work and legal problems
- Substance abuse problems
- Transitions (retirement, PCS, discharge, etc.)
Major warning signs:
- Talking about killing or harming oneself
- Talking or writing about death or dying
- Seeking out things that could be used to hurt oneself, such as weapons, alcohol or drugs
If you think a staff member is considering suicide, remember to ACT:
- Ask: Are you thinking about hurting or killing yourself?
- Care: Listen and let your shipmates know that they are not alone.
- Treat: Get your shipmates help ASAP and never leave them alone.
(Source: Naval Medical Center San Diego)
Links to Department of Defense Resources:
Veterans Crisis Line: 1-800-273-8255