As we deal with the current challenges of COVID-19, we recognize that isolation, loneliness, anxiety, and other difficulties associated with this disease may have an impact on one’s mental health and emotional well-being, leading to feelings of distress.

If feelings of aloneness or despair arise, Stop, Reflect, and Reevaluate to shift your perspective. Such disconnect can often lead to thoughts of self-harm or even suicide. Connectedness and inclusion gives us a sense of belonging, which helps guard against suicide.

Although September is Suicide Prevention Month, we must remember that Suicide Prevention is a 365 day-a-year effort. The 2020 theme #BeThere Connect To Protect is our commitment that the Fort Belvoir Army Substance Abuse Suicide Prevention Program is working to instill a cultural change within our community and the Army, by directly linking personal resilience to readiness and responsibility.

We must also intentionally include resources that build diverse and cohesive teams that strengthen readiness.

I invite you to be vocal and show your support by participating in our virtual Suicide Prevention Month activities. Encourage loved ones to seek help to enhance readiness and resilience.

September Virtual Events

During the week of Sept. 14-18, our community is called to action. I challenge you to join me as we take part in the virtual #BeThere Resilience Challenge activities that raise awareness by honoring the memory of Service members lost to suicide.

• Sept. 14, we are challenged to complete 22 Push-ups

• Sept. 16, we are challenged to engage in a 2.2-mile walk or run

• Sept. 18, we will close this challenge week with 22 minutes of meditation

If you are considering suicide, please talk with a battle buddy, co-worker, chaplain, doctor, or anyone who can #BeThere for you. Commit to Life, we need you! Your story is not over!

Connect with us on our Fort Belvoir ASAP Facebook page @FortBelvoirASAP for event information and resources.