Advances holistic, data-driven suicide prevention in our military community through policy, oversight, and engagement to positively impact individual beliefs and behaviors, as well as instill systemic culture change.
As we all strive to support our nation’s efforts to mitigate the impact of COVID-19, the Department of Defense (DoD) maintains its commitment to supporting our most valuable resource – our people. The personal health and well-being of our Service members, civilian employees, and families is paramount. Everyone reacts differently to stressful situations; and, certainly, an infectious disease outbreak that requires social distancing, quarantine, or isolation is bound to generate stress. Many across our nation – and around the world – are feeling stress, uncertainty, anxiety, disconnectedness, financial insecurity, as well as potentially feeling hopelessness. For some, such experiences can be associated with an increased risk for suicide. Finding healthy ways to cope with stress during this time will help us to remain strong. The following are some tips and resources both within and outside the DoD to help cope with stressors associated with the COVID-19 pandemic.
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