Last year 299 Soldiers, including National Guard and Reserves, committed suicide. Since the last reported numbers in August of this year, a total of 144 Soldiers, including National Guard and Reserve, have committed suicide.
In an effort to combat these numbers and incorporate the health and wellness of the civilian workforce, the Army has established a Ready and Resilient campaign with the goal of creating an overall healthy individual by tackling issues from both mind and body.
With September being national Suicide awareness and prevention month, organizations throughout WSMR have teamed up to offer several programs throughout the month in an effort to enhance resiliency and prevent suicide through a healthy body and mind.
Army Substance Abuse and Suicide program manager Sandra Class and her team will be hosting a Resiliency Health Fair, Sept. 4 at the Professional Development Center which will offer a variety of organizations with their tools to develop a stronger form of resiliency. The organizations consist of Massage Envy, Army Community Services, the Information, Ticket, and Reservation office, the Post Chapel, and the Army Substance Abuse Program office among others. This year’s theme is “Enhancing Resiliency and strengthening our professionals.”
“This is a holistic approach. We’re looking at wellness as well as the whole body, mind, and spirit,” Class said.
“Health affects mental and mental affects spiritual,” she added.
The fair will also serve as substance abuse and suicide prevention training. Each individual will be given a card once they enter the fair. An individual will get credit for both trainings once they get ten stamps from separate organizations throughout the fair. The event will kick off at 8:15 a.m. with a welcome speech from the Command group and guest speaker Chief Master Sgt. Gay Veale who will be talking about her experience with suicide in her life and how she learned to bounce back.
“We’re doing what we need to do, we’re kind of creating the standards throughout the community,” said WSMR Command Sgt. Maj. Jimmy J. Sellers.
The intent of the fair is to promote awareness and provide information on resiliency to the WSMR community.
“We’re really going to focus our efforts on enhancing resiliency,” Sellers said.
The fair will kick off the events for September which include a three day long trial Bell Gym offer where the community is invited to use their equipment and classes to get a feel for what it is like to work out at the gym. ASAP will also be offering a series of courses and will be screening the film, “The Bridge” based on live footage of the Golden Gate Bridge where several individuals attempted to commit suicide and live to talk about their experiences on film. A 5K Freedom Walk will also take place on Sept. 11 where the entire public is invited to attend.
“We’re working our hardest to make sure that those who want to participate can,” Sellers said.
If you feel you need assistance please call ASAP at (575) 678-1957.
Overview of events:
Resiliency Health Fair
Over 25 organizations have been invited to atted. Free health screenings will be provided. The fair will serve as ASAP and suicide prevention training once individuals obtain ten stamps. Individuals can also turn in unused or expired medications at the fair. McAfee Family Readiness Group will be selling Healthy Baked Goods for the health Fair.
Healthy body, healthy mind Screening
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Bell Gym free access
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Director Eric Steel and his crew spent an entire year looking carefully at the Golden Gate Bridge. Running cameras for almost every daylight minute, they documented close to two dozen suicides and many near fatal moemnts that took place. This powerful imagery is acommpanied by incredibly frank, often heart-wrenching interviews with families, friends, witness and several other surviving attempters. The Bridge provides a visual and visceral journey into one of the life’s greatest taboos.
Pedometers will be given by ASAP, while supplies last.
Resilient Relationship through Intimacy and Resiliency through Relational Safe Haven
Solid relationships have been conclusively shown to enhance resiliency amidst the challenges we face in life while weak or distressed relationships detract from resiliency. At the heart of close relationships, intimacy provide the engine to power resiliency.
For intimacy to flourish, a safe have characterized by safety, security, solidarity, and acceptance is necessary.
Learn how to establish and maintain this safe ahven in these two classes.
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A total workout, combining all elements of fitness – cardio, muscle conditioning, balance and flexibility, boosted energy and a serious dose of awesome each time you leave class.
Master Resiliency Training
Learn to bounce, not break. Master Resilience Training helps you to develop skills for a more optimistic way of looking at issues. expand your viewpoint on life and enhance your strengths to overcome unforeseen change.
The U.S. Army Entertainment Program is “entertainment for the Soldier, by the Soldier.” It has been a part of the Army’s heritage since 1774 and was formalized to inspire and support Soldiers and their families by coordinating, producing and delivering theatrical and musical programs at Army installations worldwide.
This year’s production, “Stand Strong” explores the foundational elements of what it is that instills the strength and character of our Soldiers and our Army, according to Tim Higdon, U.S. Army Entertainment producer and program Manager. As in the past, the cast and crew are selected to exemplify the Army values of loyalty, duty, respect, selfless service, honor, integrity and personal courage.
The emphasis of the ASIST workshop is on suicide first aid, on helping a person at risk stay safe and seek further help. Attendance at the full two days is essential. Register by Sept 12 at firstname.lastname@example.org or with email@example.com. Please provide your full name, phone number, and organization in the e-mail in order to reserve your spot.
Sign-up sheets at the Health Fair. An engaging and educational game about stress and ways to reduce it. Plus win prizes. Still waiting on the self-defense class