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‘The Power of 1’: One action could prevent a suicide

By Joycelyn Biggs | Marine Corps Logistics Base Albany | September 24, 2015

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Contemplating suicide is not as uncommon as some may think, Dr. Matthew Geyer, director of mental health services, Carl Vinson Veterans Affairs Medical Center, Dublin, Georgia, explained.

“We speak with people having suicidal ideations on a regular basis,” he said.

In an effort to bring awareness to this issue, September has been designated as Suicide Prevention Month.

“The Power of 1,” a nationwide campaign, reinforces how a single act may encourage a veteran to access confidential support and resources through the veterans crisis line and the impact it may have on someone contemplating suicide.

Whether it is one call, one text, one chat or taking one minute to speak with a veteran in crisis, it can save a life, according to the website, www.veteranscrisisline.net.

The website encourages individuals to be the reason a veteran reaches out for support when he or she is having suicidal thoughts. Geyer confirmed those who receive care are more successful in overcoming a crisis.

The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs officials want to share a simple message with veterans, service members, their families and friends: free, confidential crisis support from the veterans crisis line is available 24/7, 365 days a year for veterans and service members.

For active-duty persons in crisis, Christine Morrison, registered nurse, certified case manager, Naval Branch Health Clinic Albany, is available either in person or by phone at 229-639-8663.


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