DCoE Facebook Event Remembers Those Who Died by Suicide
By Sarah Heynen, DCoE Public Affairs on September 18, 2013
The Defense Centers of Excellence for
Psychological Health and Traumatic Brain Injury (DCoE) will host “Week of Remembrance,” a virtual event on Facebook, Sept.
23-30, to remember service members and veterans who lost the battle to suicide.
DCoE encourages survivors who lost someone to suicide to post photos, memories
and artwork of their loved ones online.
“Week of Remembrance” coincides with Suicide Prevention Month, observed in September by the Defense
Department and related organizations. The main goal of DCoE communication
efforts this month is to highlight information and resources that encourage
people to seek help for psychological health concerns, suicidal ideations, or
intervene with those at risk. Prevention
and mental health resources can be found on the DCoE
website and the Defense Suicide Prevention Office website, the lead Defense
agency on suicide prevention, resilience and survivor assistance.
Two other resources dedicated to survivor
assistance are the Tragedy Assistance Program for Survivors (TAPS), which
provides tragedy assistance to anyone who has suffered the loss of a military
loved one, regardless of the relationship to the deceased or the circumstance of
the death, and Sesame Street’s Military Families Near and Far, which offers resources to help
talk to children about grief and loss.
Confidential support for military members is
available 24/7 from the Military Crisis Line by phone 800-273-8255
(press 1), text 838255 or online chat.
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