By Twilla Smith
Navy Region Southeast Public Affairs

Commander Navy Region Southeast Rear Adm. Mary Jackson signed a proclamation Aug. 30 recognizing September as National Suicide Awareness Month.

This year's theme, "Be There," hopes to inspire everyone to be aware personally about suicide prevention. 

Annual Navy suicide case reviews consistently find that a majority of Sailors who die by suicide experienced a loss of connectedness with peers, shipmates or family members. Service members encounter stressful situations at work and at home that could possibly contribute to an individual contemplating suicide as well.

The best way to combat suicide is prevention. How can you do that as an individual?  The Navy's 21st Century Sailor Office is challenging everyone to commit #OneSmallAct in helping to prevent suicide.  One way to commit a small act is to incorporate the Navy's bystander intervention model of Ask, Care, Treat (ACT).

Navy Region Southeast is dedicated to suicide prevention, and is asking everyone to go to the Navy Region Southeast social media sites and let us know how you are helping to prevent suicide.  Let us know what your one small act is, or give suggestions on how to "Be There" for others.  You can find Navy Region Southeast at: www.facebook.com/navyregionse  https://twitter.com/Navy_Region_SE  https://www.instagram.com/navy_region_se/

How will you #BeThere #OneSmallAct for your Sailor?