The primary goal of suicide prevention is to reduce the prevalence and incidence of modifiable associated risk factors for suicide and suicidal behavior and to increase modifiable protective factors in Air Force Community which includes active duty and civilians on base as they are all part of the Andrews Community. Everyone is welcome to participate in the suicide prevention program trainings offered on base monthly.
Suicide Prevention Briefing: Offered monthly to ensure that the Andrews community is aware of suicide prevention and treatment related issues and the options available on base and in the community.
The briefing introduces suicide prevention by highlighting risk factors and protective factors for suicide. Additionally the stigma attached to suicide is highlighted as a major barrier to suicide prevention. Participants are encouraged to take action and will be given the knowledge to know what actions and questions they need to take in order to reduce the risk of someone attempting or completing suicide. Participants will be given an overview of the risk factors and protective factors associated with suicide as well as a clear understanding about what needs to be done if there is a concern that someone is suicidal.
There are resources available if you or someone you know needs help.
For additional information, contact the Resiliency Office at 240-857-8928, or the Mental Health Clinic at 240-857-7186. For active-duty members you may also contact Military One Source for help.