Suicide Prevention Message

Members of the 118th Wing, Tennessee Air National Guard care team deliver their message on suicide prevention and awareness. (U.S. Air National Guard video by Staff Sgt. Anthony Agosti)

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On suicide prevention, the bottom line is, we’re not getting it right and we need to do better. For too long we have associated suicide with mental health ignoring other factors. We have failed to address the issues that lead to the warning signs themselves. True suicide prevention starts with building relationships it’s about connecting with other people and feeling part of a tribe. The experts don’t have all the answers, we need your help, we need your ideas on how to engage and connect with people. Let’s start to shift the culture of suicide prevention today, right now, let’s make it about relationships and support. Suicide prevention belongs to all of us, because it impacts all of us. Reach out and connect, know that others matter, and know that you matter.

Books, briefings, and the latest fads haven’t helped in suicide prevention. It’s all about relationships. We are a tribe, a family, a connected group of people that God has placed here to care for one another on very deep, deep level. We need to know our people. We need to talk to them in meaningful ways beyond just mission accomplishment and rank progression. We need to know each other’s families, unique stories, their fears, joys, good days, and concerns. In the grand scheme of things, we are not judged by our rank, our wealth, our status, or what award we have received. We are judged by how we build relationships with one another. Please reach out to someone, start building a deeper relationship, and know by doing this you will be on the cutting edge of suicide prevention.

There are only a few of us.

There are only a few of us.

But a thousand of you.

But a thousand of you.

You are a part of the solution.

You are a part of the solution.

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