Health & Safety

August 30, 2012

Lead 6 Sends

BG Terry Ferrell


Suicides in our ranks continue to be a critical challenge for our Army Family; and the numbers are simply staggering! In the first 155 days of the year, 154 of our fellow service members took their own lives. In July alone, 26 active-duty Soldiers took their own lives; 50 percent more than the number of lives lost in combat in Afghanistan.

Over the past several years, the Army’s programs, awareness campaigns and leader/Soldier involvement have helped bring forth the plight of our mission to combat suicides. One thing is clear: there is no cookie cutter solution. Combating this enemy requires everyone; all leaders, Soldiers, Family members and battle buddies. All must be involved and aware of the indicators and risk factors that contribute to suicide. As we get back to the basics in our Profession of Arms, we must not only focus on battlefield tactics, but also in leading and caring for our Soldiers and their Families.

Our Army is one of the most highly trained and lethal forces in the world, but we struggle to defeat this enemy. Contrary to what many believe, combat veterans and seasoned officers and NCO’s are not the only victims. Of the 26 suicides in July, 14 of the Soldiers’ deployment records were released. They showed that six had never deployed, seven had been deployed one to three times, and one had deployed six times.

During the month of September, our community will conduct a Suicide Prevention Stand-Down. The focus is to educate all leaders and Soldiers on the contributing factors of suicide and to promote physical, behavioral and spiritual care.

I encourage every member of the installation to participate in the “Shoulder to Shoulder: We Stand Up For Life” event on September 18th at Freedom Gym. Four different times are scheduled to maximize participation: 0800-1000, 1000-1200, 1300-1500, and 1500-1700. Family members are encouraged to attend. I challenge you all to learn about and recognize the risk factors, warning signs, and the intervention techniques that could ultimately save the life of a fellow brother or sister-in-arms.
LEAD, TRAIN, WIN




All of this week's top headlines to your email every Friday.


 
 

 

Exchange resolves to promote healthier living

According to Sourcewire, nearly a quarter of Americans vow to get fit for the New Year. The Fort Irwin Exchange is doing its part to make it easier for Soldiers, and Families, to watch their “bottom lines” when making dining choices on and off duty. Dining in the Exchange’s Fort Irwin Food Court doesn’t have...
 
 

Avoid being a No Show

“No Shows” are missed medical appointments that may negatively impact your ability to access health care here. A No Show is defined as an appointment that is scheduled, but not cancelled or honored by the patient. A No Show is a lost opportunity to provide healthcare services to you and to another patient, who could...
 
 
CathyBellard_LVN_LeesySublett

Story Time teaches children about safety helmets

Miriam Fuentes, military spouse here, took her daughter Devannie to Story Time at the Fort Irwin library, March 12. Sergeant Steve Steiner, a health technician at Behavioral Health with MEDDAC, imitated the voices of characters...
 

 

Aiming to reduce stigma of TBI

National Brain Injury Awareness Month a time to get informed, get treatment In order for more individuals to seek treatment for traumatic brain injuries, the social stigma associated with that “invisible wound” must be reduced. That is the message Maj. Shirley Daniel, chief and program manager of the TBI/Concussive Injury Clinic at Weed Army Community...
 
 

March is National Brain Injury Aware- ness Month and Fort Irwin medical personnel will be informing the com- munity about the symptoms and dan- gers of traumatic brain injuries.

arch is National Brain Injury Aware- ness Month and Fort Irwin medical personnel will be informing the com- munity about the symptoms and dangers of traumatic brain injuries. Weekly radio broadcasts on KNTC 88.3 FM during the month, information booths in various locations, and activities with chil- dren will be held to provide the community...
 
 

Know the symptoms, dangers of brain injuries

A traumatic brain injury is a disruption of brain function resulting from a blow or jolt to the head or penetrating head injury. A TBI can occur on the battlefield, on the football field, on the playground, in a car accident, and even at home. There are four categories of TBI including mild, moderate, severe...
 




0 Comments


Be the first to comment!


Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

You may use these HTML tags and attributes: <a href="" title=""> <abbr title=""> <acronym title=""> <b> <blockquote cite=""> <cite> <code> <del datetime=""> <em> <i> <q cite=""> <strike> <strong>


Directory powered by Business Directory Plugin