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.
We have a lot of fun and laughter over here at From the Homefront, but this week is going to be different. I want to talk about something serious: suicide among military family members.
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.
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.
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