Dobbins ARB commander signs Suicide Prevention Month Proclamation

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  • By Ms. Ciara Gosier
  • 94th Airlift Wing Public Affairs

Members of Team Dobbins gathered as the wing commander, Col. Michael B. Parks signed the 2023 Suicide Prevention and Awareness Month Proclamation, Aug. 30, 2023. 

According to 988, Suicide and Crisis Lifeline, we are encouraged to #Bethe1To:

  • Ask: Research shows people who are having thoughts of suicide feel relief when someone asks after them in a caring way. Findings suggest acknowledging and talking about suicide may reduce rather than increase suicidal ideation.
  • Be There: Individuals are more likely to feel less depressed, less suicidal, less overwhelmed, and more hopeful by after speaking to someone who listens without judgment.
  • Keep Them Safe: A number of studies have indicated that when lethal means are made less available or less deadly, suicide rates by that method decline, and frequently suicide rates overall decline.
  • Help Them Stay Connected: Studies indicate that helping someone at risk create a network of resources and individuals for support and safety can help them take positive action and reduce feelings of hopelessness.
  • Follow Up: Studies have also shown that brief, low cost intervention and supportive, ongoing contact may be an important part of suicide prevention, especially for individuals after they have been discharged from hospitals or care services.

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