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MSGID/GENADMIN/CMC/CMC MRA MF WASHINGTON DC//
SUBJ/MARINE CORPS OBSERVANCE OF SEPTEMBER 2023 SUICIDE PREVENTION MONTH//
AMPN/REF A IS ALNAV 067/23 SUICIDE PREVENTION MONTH.//
POC/TOMOMI OWENS/NAF5/MFC/TEL: 703-784-5953/EMAIL: TOMOMI.J.OWENS@USMC.MIL//
GENTEXT/REMARKS/1. Background. September is Suicide Prevention Month (SPM). The Marine Corps is committed to building a stronger, resilient, and ready force that values every life and individual. It is our responsibility to raise awareness, encourage seeking assistance, and cultivate a culture that promotes trust, respect, and connection among Marines, attached Service Members, and their family members, hereafter referred to as Marines.
2. Suicide Prevention Month began with a message to the force from General Smith and SgtMaj Ruiz emphasizing hope and genuine care as well as being there for each other. Marines are family. As a family, we are collectively responsible, and duty bound to establish psychologically safe environments that effectively counter a sense of isolation to reduce suicidal ideation and behaviors. In combined arms fashion, we employ multiple tactics — improving quality of life and job satisfaction, promoting lethal means safety, increasing access to mental health care, and providing the resources and support needed to cope with stress and promote resilience.
3. This year’s Defense Suicide Prevention Office SPM theme is “Connect to Protect: Support is Within Reach.” Connectedness is a factor that can reduce the risk of suicide. Building and strengthening social connections one can count on, as well as developing a sense of belonging — while connecting with resources — can help prevent a crisis. We expect Marines to connect with one another and with resources to prevent suicide.
4. This year’s Department of Navy SPM theme is “Address the Stress: Building a Community of Knowledge and Resilience.” We encourage Marines to join in dedicating this month to promoting open dialogue and discussing mental health challenges and help-seeking behavior. Open and empathetic communication is crucial, and fostering a positive command climate where Marines can thrive and are comfortable reaching out for help and support can make a significant difference in their lives.
5. The Marine Corps has many programs and services that help Marines, attached Sailors, and their families. Marine leaders are expected to support locally scheduled 2023 SPM events and continue to encourage behaviors and education regarding resources available on and off the installations. Ensure that every Marine is familiar with the 988 Suicide and Crisis Lifeline and that there are three ways to connect with the Lifeline 24/7: Call 988 and press 1, text 838255, or chat at https:(slash)(slash)www.veteranscrisisline.net. Assorted materials to raise awareness during SPM are available for download at https:(slash)(slash)quantico.usmc-mccs.org/news/988-elements.
6. If you believe someone is thinking about suicide, trust your instincts and training (Recognize, Ask, Care, and Escort). Have a conversation about your concerns and listen without being judgmental. Most importantly, connect with one another and with resources to prevent suicide. For additional resources visit https:(slash)(slash)quantico.usmc-mccs.org/marine-family-support/prevention-and-counseling/suicide-prevention.
7. This MARADMIN is canceled 31 August 2024.
8. This MARADMIN applies to Active Duty Marines, members of the Selected Marine Corps Reserve, and Marines on Active Duty Operational Support Orders.
9. Release authorized by LtGen James F. Glynn, Deputy Commandant for Manpower and Reserve Affairs.//