DVIDS – News – WRNMMC health care team recognizes and provides resources for International Survivors of Suicide Harm Day

This year, International Suicide Harm Day is Saturday, 19 November. The annual event is a day of healing, which encourages people bereaved by suicide to connect with others, share their stories, and seek support.

International Survivors of Suicide Loss Day, sometimes referred to as Survivor Day, always falls on the Saturday before Thanksgiving (United States), and although there are no planned events at Walter Reed National Military Medical Center (WRNMMC) Dr. Erica Jarrett, WRNMMC’s service chief of health psychology services, says the medical facility’s resources are plentiful.

Jarrett shared, “Health psychology services provide services and resources in some form or fashion to an individual in need.” “Additionally, active duty service members can be seen and supported at the adult outpatient clinic.”

Veterans and other beneficiaries who are not active duty service members may be seen by behavioral health providers who are integrated into the primary care setting. Along with Tricare, they can also access Tricare mental health resources in the community. Other resources available to active duty and other beneficiaries include a military resource and individual or group-based counseling with chaplains.

Jarrett adds that along with the resources described, the Maryland Department of Health has information for suicide survivors under the topic “Healing After Suicide Loss” that can be found at health.maryland.gov.

The American Foundation for Suicide Prevention (AFSP) is another recommendation from Jarrett, saying they offer many ways for suicide survivors to connect with others and find support during their grief. These include individualized support through talk therapy, connecting with local support groups, self-care information, and ways to honor loved ones.

“The American Foundation for Suicide Prevention also shares information about incidents and those participating in them locally or around the world,” Jarrett said. “Local chapter information can also be found on the website.”

There are plenty of resources for suicide survivors, but what about those who want to communicate but are afraid to say the wrong thing?

“Communicating with survivors is another important part when it comes to supporting suicide survivors,” shared Jarrett. “Like sadness, the right words to communicate look different for everyone.”

Jarrett references the AFSB’s “How to Talk to a Suicide Loss Survivor” on his website, where he shares helpful tips on how to navigate conversations with suicide loss survivors in a compassionate, considerate and responsible way. Huh.

Suicide prevention is an important component of International Survivors of Suicide Loss Day. This is an opportunity to share information about suicide prevention. Suicide prevention education and awareness includes recognizing the signs in loved ones and getting them access to help and resources before it’s too late.

WRNMMC’s commitment to providing world-class health care to the nation’s combat forces, retirees and their families means continuously identifying and providing various forms of support to suicide loss survivors, whether internal or external , not only for a day, but throughout the year.

WRNMMC Suicide Prevention Resources (not all inclusive)
Military Crisis Hotline: 800-273-8255 and press 1
Military Crisis Confidential Chat: Text to 838255 (confidential within the limits of the law)
Employee Assistance Program National Service Center (for citizens only): 1-800-222-0364 to speak with an EAP counselor 24/7.
Navy Personnel Command’s 21st Century Sailor Suicide Prevention Program: www.suicide.navy.mil
Defense Suicide Prevention Office: www.dspo.mil
Military OneSource: www.militaryonesource.mil
National Suicide Prevention Lifeline: www.suicidepreventlifeline.org
Suicide Prevention Resource Center: www.sprc.org

About International Suicide Survivor Harm Day
In 1999, Senator Harry Reid, who lost his father to suicide, introduced a resolution to the United States Senate that led to the creation of International Day of Survivors of Suicide Loss, designated by the United States Congress as a day. designated as a forum at which people affected by suicide can join together for healing and support. It was determined that Survivor Day would always fall on the Saturday before American Thanksgiving, as the holiday is often a difficult time for suicide survivors.

date taken: 11.18.2022
Date Posted: 11.18.2022 19:29
Story ID: 433592
place: Bethesda, MD, US

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