U.S. Army Europe to hold Suicide Prevention Stand-Down Day

Sept. 12, 2012

By U.S. Army Europe Public Affairs

HEIDELBERG, Germany -- 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 by holding a suicide prevention Stand-Down Day, Sept. 20.

The theme for the stand-down day is “Shoulder to Shoulder, We Stand up for Life” and will provide activities focused on well-being, resilience, stigma reduction, and education on suicide prevention resources.

Stand-Down activities will include: AFN Call-in show with the USAREUR commanding general and command sergeant major, and two subject matter experts on Sept. 20 from 10:00-11 a.m., individual risk assessments, commander’s breakfast, leader-led discussions, health fair and unit risk inventories to determine high risk behaviors. Leaders will also conduct a terrain walk in order to become more familiar with the support and location of services available for suicide prevention.

USAREUR is committed to ensuring all Soldiers, family members and civilians have access to the training and resources needed to stay resilient. Its leadership remains committed to aggressively seeking methods to better identify and reduce high-risk behaviors, providing help and ultimately eliminating suicides within the ranks.

Media are invited to attend any of the events scheduled throughout the day. Please RSVP to Maj. Craig Childs at 370-7183 or by email at craig.s.childs.mil@mail.mil, before Sept. 17.

For more information visit the suicide prevention web site.

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