Army Public Health Center offers suicide prevention resources for Army communicators | Article

By Douglas Holl, Army Public Health Center Public AffairsSeptember 25, 2020

ABERDEEN PROVING GROUND, Md. – Helping Soldiers and their families improve their health and resiliency is one of the enduring missions of the Army Public Health Center. The COVID-19 pandemic has also accelerated the need for resources and tools aimed at improving Soldier quality of life.APHC is supporting Army communicators with a Quality of Life toolkit offering social media messaging and resource links they can share on their installation social media platforms. September is also the month when the Department of Defense focuses on educating service members and their families about suicide prevention, resources and steps everyone can take to protect against suicide. APHC recently added suicide prevention content and messaging to their QOL toolkit in the hopes that it will be used as a resource for Army communicators.“We’re hoping to leverage the excellent work being done through

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DVIDS – News – National Suicide Prevention Month: BAMC Behavioral Health professionals are here to help


Across the nation, there has been an increase in suicide deaths in the general population over the past decade. Suicides across the military have also increased, affecting every segment of the force – Active, Guard and Reserve; officers and enlisted personnel.

A Department of Defense annual suicide report shows 541 service members across the military’s active and reserve components died by suicide in 2018. Additionally, the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs reports more than 6,000 military veteran suicide deaths in 2017.

Brooke Army Medical Center Behavioral Health professionals are here to assist service members and beneficiaries who seek help for their mental health and wellbeing.

“There are many reasons an individual may seek behavioral health care,” said U.S. Public Health Service Capt. (Dr.) Richard Schobitz, deputy chief, BAMC Department of Behavioral Health. “Some are related to life stressors such as post-deployment stress, family challenges, or distress related to adjusting

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