A suicide awareness ribbon is worn by a Coast Guard petty officer, Sept. 10, 2015. September is National Suicide Prevention Month. (U.S. Coast Guard photo by Seaman Sarah Wilson)

Wellness Wednesday: National Suicide Prevention Month

September is National Suicide Prevention Month. The Coast Guard’s theme for this year is “Be there: your action could save a life.” Over 40,000 Americans die each year by suicide, and based on the Department of Defense Health Related Behaviors Study, three percent of Coast Guard members have thought about attempting suicide.


There is always a better way: Policymakers, researchers consider approaches to reducing Reserve suicides

In the past five years, 10 Coast Guard reservists have died by suicide, an average of two a year. That percentage is lower than that of other military branches and on par with the civilian suicide rate. It’s also small enough that statisticians and health professionals have difficulty pinpointing patterns that would provide the ones left behind reliable answers or contexts.


Be There for Your Shipmates

September marks suicide awareness month. While this campaign lasts just one month every year, suicide awareness does not end on the 30th. Our commitment to each other endures year-round. We support each other in the field, and we support each other at home. If you or someone you know is struggling with one of life’s obstacles, be there for them. Together, we can and will overcome these obstacles.


CG SUPRT is here for all, and to all a good night

Do you feel like you are on a never-ending cookie baking, tree decorating, present wrapping, holiday party-ing, family tradition-ing rollercoaster? For some this time of year can be fun, but it can also be very overwhelming. Take a pause for few minutes, grab a cup of hot cocoa and read this twist on a favorite holiday poem to learn how CG SUPRT is ready and waiting to listen and assist.


CG SUPRT and work-life balance

Feeling a little off balance? CG SUPRT can assist you in making changes that help you feel more balanced and in control. Did you know that CG SUPRT offers Health and Wellness Coaching to guide you in developing new strategies to manage stress, balance your many obligations, and maintaining healthy habits. Or if you could use some emotional support for finding your balance, CG SUPRT offers Non-Medical Counseling. If financial stress is pushing you to work more or keeping you from enjoying time with your family, the CG SUPRT Personal Financial Wellness program can help you get your finances on track and prepare for your future. Or maybe you just have too many things on your plate and you feel like you could use a personal assistant. CG SUPRT Daily Living consultants can do some of the leg work for you such as locating adequate housing, jobs, education, elder care, child care, and more. Career Counselors through the CG SUPRT Spouse Education and Career Services are also available to support active duty spouses when they relocate or are ready to start a new career.


Suicide Prevention: Just Be There

We can all play a role in preventing suicide, but many people don’t know what they can do to support the person in their life who’s going through a difficult time. During Suicide Prevention Month this September, I encourage you to play an active role in suicide prevention by learning about available sources of support and treatment and by simply being there for people in your life.


From the Homefront: Preparing for the worst

From the Homefront: Preparing for the worst

In times of crisis, figuring out where to go and what to do is that much more difficult. So we put together a list of emergencies and crises that might befall Coastie families with directions on how to get help. Print or bookmark this page — we hope you never need it.


From the Homefront: It’s okay to ask for help

We have a lot of fun and laughter over here at From the Homefront, but this week is going to be different. I want to talk about something serious: suicide among military family members.


A very real look at suicides in the Coast Guard

According to the latest statistics from the Center for Disease Control and Prevention, suicide is the 10th leading cause of death among Americans aged 10 and over. In 2010 alone, there were 38,364 suicides in the U.S., an average of […]


Creating a climate of compassion and trust

Unfortunately, each year we lose valuable members of the Coast Guard family to suicide. Although it is difficult to understand why a particular individual may choose to end his or her life, we do know that creating an environment where there is trust and compassion can potentially make a difference for someone who is contemplating this difficult choice.


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