U.S. Army Europe observes Suicide Prevention Month

Sept. 5, 2012

By U.S. Army Europe Public Affairs

HEIDELBERG, Germany – Since the Army designated September as Suicide Prevention Month, U.S. Army Europe will take the opportunity to educate personnel on risk factors and warning signs, and raise awareness and understanding of the joint effort required to successfully eliminate suicide within the ranks.

Suicide prevention is first and foremost considered a leadership responsibility, and remains a top priority for the Army. According to top Army officials, seeking help is a sign of strength and consistent with the Army Values; having this prevention month empowers leaders to intervene and save lives.

To emphasize the commitment to eliminate suicide within the ranks, USAREUR will host a suicide prevention Stand-Down Day, Sept. 20. The theme for the day is “Shoulder to Shoulder, We Stand up for Life”, and will include events focused on providing training to Soldiers, family members and Department of the Army civilians, as well as encourage use of key Army support services available to aid in this effort.

USAREUR is committed to ensuring all Army families and civilians have access to training and resources needed to stay resilient. It’s leadership remains committed to aggressively seeking methods to reduce the stigma, to better identify and reduce high-risk behaviors; ultimately eliminating suicides within its ranks.

USAREUR employs a holistic, multidisciplinary approach to suicide prevention that includes health promotion and risk reduction. Ensuring prompt access to quality health care is an essential component to the Army’s approach to suicide prevention.

Join USAREUR’s observance of Suicide Prevention Month by contacting local garrisons to find out what events and training are happening in your community.

For more information visit the suicide prevention Web site.

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