Tag: Suicide

From the Commandant: Don’t go it alone

While we thankfully did not lose a Coast Guard member in the line of duty in 2014, we still endured significant losses to our Coast Guard, our families and our communities. Among the most painful were those lost due to suicide. Unfortunately, there is a negative stigma associated with suicide. But they are moms, dads, friends and coworkers. Most of all, they are people who are missed.

A very real look at suicides in the Coast Guard

MK3 Alexander Diaz and MCPOCG Steve Cantrell According to the latest statistics from the Center for Disease Control and Prevention, suicide is the 10th leading cause of death among Americans aged 10 and over. In 2010 alone, there were 38,364 suicides in the U.S., an average of 105 each day. Graphic courtesy the National Suicide

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Creating a climate of compassion and trust

Unfortunately, each year we lose valuable members of the Coast Guard family to suicide. Although it is difficult to understand why a particular individual may choose to end his or her life, we do know that creating an environment where there is trust and compassion can potentially make a difference for someone who is contemplating this difficult choice.

National Suicide Prevention Month: Building resilience

Every year we lose members of the Coast Guard family to suicide. Although it is difficult to know why people end their own lives, some of the reasons include not knowing where to go for help, the stigma of reaching out and neglecting personal and family social, psychological and spiritual fitness. Suicide is preventable.

Suicide Prevention Awareness Month

Health Safety and Work-life

Over the course of the month of September the Department of Defense has conducted a suicide prevention campaign. As the month draws to a close we wanted to take a moment to discuss this critical issue with our readers here at the Compass. Suicide is a serious social issue that reaches far beyond the men

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