Suicide prevention, a shared duty

Risk factors include stress, depression, people with a mental health diagnosis or currently seeking treatment, history of attempts, toxic and hostile work environments, discriminatory or harassing behavior, financial and legal issues , divorce or break-up, death of a loved one or comrade, and alcohol and drug abuse.

Individual protective or coping factors that can circumvent the likelihood of negative impact are connectedness, cohesion and engagement, self-care; supportive leadership, family and peers; work-life balance, high morale and open communication about challenges you may face.

Self-awareness, self-management, responsible decision-making, and social awareness are integral to suicide prevention because it begins with ourselves. Strategically, we must create supportive environments that promote the health and well-being of our Airmen and Guardians and reduce barriers to help-seeking, no matter how severe.

Leaders, supervisors, and wingmen at all levels are strongly encouraged to continue to leverage your Master Resilience Trainers, Resilience Training Assistants, and assisting agencies such as Chaplain, Mental Health, L violence prevention integrator, military family life consultants, first sergeants, alcohol and drug abuse. Treatment Program, Family Advocacy, Military OneSource, Airman & Family Readiness Center, Civilian Health Promotion Services, Community Support Coordinators, and Employee Assistance Program.

America depends on you to fly, fight and win. Each of you is vital to your family, the Air Force community, and the success of our mission.

What do you do to take care of yourself and others — how do you prevent suicide?