A “Signs of Suicide” art display will take place Oct. 29 through Nov. 2 in the Wright-Patterson Medical Center atrium, Wright-Patterson Air Force Base. The artwork has been produced by participants at the K12 and TEJAS (Teen Educational and Joint Adult Studio) Gallery in Dayton.
Connection and belongingness are key and protective factors in suicide prevention, said Vera Bowie, the base’s violence prevention integrator.
She is delivering this message in an interactive way, through a game wheel, “What
would you do?,” which aims to encourage dialogue and prompt people to think about intervention they could do if they are ever in that situation.
Units and organizations can request the activity through the VPI office at 937-257-8338.
“Suicide prevention takes a community,” Bowie said. “We all can do something to help the people in our Total Force community. Even seemingly small actions can have a huge impact. Preventing suicide begins with your willingness to be there.”
A multitude of factors may increase the likelihood of suicide, including:
• relationship or marital problems;
• financial distress;
• toxic organizational cultures;
• mental health issues like post-traumatic stress, depression, anxiety disorders, insomnia, substance abuse, etc.;
• legal and/or disciplinary problems.
Death by suicide is not the only option available to Airmen who are experiencing personal or work-related issues, she said.
“It’s important for our community to know the risk factors, warning signs and how to connect with helping resources,” Bowie added. “Part of suicide prevention is to recognize a friend, family or co-worker in distress and to know the resources available.”
Wright-Patterson AFB and the surrounding community offer numerous resources to support overall fitness and wellness, resilience and care for those in distress.
Some specific resources include the Mental Health Clinic, 937-257-6877; Chapel, 937-257-7427; Airman and Family Readiness Center, 937-257-3592; Military Crisis Line, 800-273-8255, text 838255; National Suicide Prevention Lifeline, 800-273-8255, text 741741; DOD Safe Helpline, 877-995-5247; Military One Source, 800-342-9647; and Employee Assistance Program, 800-222-0364.
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