Fort Lee to conduct suicide prevention stand down
In an effort to prevent Soldiers from taking their own lives, Fort Lee will be holding a suicide prevention stand down on September 27th.
Officials say in 2011, 283 soldiers took their own lives; and as of August, 191 have committed suicide. These numbers are Army-wide, and not specific to just Fort Lee.
Throughout the month of September, the Army says they will host information fairs that will be focused on ways for soldiers to seek help before it’s too late.
They are also working to incorporate suicide prevention into scheduled post events including the September 11th commemorative breakfast.
Officials say the event will include video presentations and speakers from the Army Substance Abuse Program, Chaplain Corps, Army Community Service and KAHC.
During the event, attendees will be provided with pocket cards, prevention posters and contact information to help prevent suicide as well as sexual assault.
According to a press release, the Army’s goal is to empower individuals to be proactive and intervene, reduce stigma and provide soldiers and their families with resources and tools. They are working to make sure that Soldiers know where to go if they need help.