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Suicide Prevention - Connect to Protect: Help is Within Reach

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The Department of Defense (DOD) and the Military Health System (MHS) observe Suicide Prevention Month in September to increase awareness of behavioral health care services to promote and enhance suicide prevention, intervention, and postvention for service members and their families. Our goal is to amplify and reinforce the DOD theme “Connect to Protect: Help is Within Reach” to help reduce stigma and facilitate help-seeking behaviors.

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Suggested social media message: Today marks the beginning of Suicide Prevention Month (SPM), and we offer the slogan '#ConnectToProtect: Help is Within Reach.' Our connections to family, friends, community, and unit are more important than ever. This month, #ConnectToProtect, and know that Help is Within Reach.


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Suggested social media message: September is #SuicidePreventionMonth. Visit our website for facts, information, and resources. Learn the warning signs, what you can do, and where to get help: www.health.mil/RecognizeSuicideRisk #ConnectToProtect


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Suggested social media message: Spiritual Fitness can have a major impact on your mental health. www.health.mil/SpritualFitness #ConnectToProtect


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Suggested social media message: The importance of positive social interactions is often overlooked but can contribute greatly to good mental health. www.health.mil/SocialFitness #ConnectToProtect


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Suggested social media message: The National Suicide Prevention Lifeline is a national network of local crisis centers that provides free and confidential emotional support to people in suicidal crisis or emotional distress 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. https://suicidepreventionlifeline.org/


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Suggested social media message: DOD remains strongly committed to providing Service members and families with access to quality mental health care and resources. Contact the Military Crisis Line if you or someone you know needs help. https://www.veteranscrisisline.net/


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Suggested social media message: The Antidepressant Adherence app supports those taking medication, and works to ensure that military beneficiaries receive the support they need to continue on their mental wellness.


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