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.

Petty Officer 2nd Class Monique Gilbreath and Petty Officer 2nd Class Brian Lehuede, divers from the Coast Guard Regional Dive Locker West, Maritime Security Response Team West, return to Aid to Navigation Team San Diego’s Trailerable Aids to Navigation Boat with a bag full of debris from the bottom of San Diego Bay Aug. 25, 2018. The dive team was participating in Operation Clean Sweep 2018, a community cleanup effort along the San Diego Bay. (U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 2nd Class Joel Guzman/released)

General Messages Weekly Roundup

All Hands selects several messages to publish in a weekly post to help raise awareness about specific messages and useful information for Coast Guard members.