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Suggested social media message: September marks the beginning of Suicide Prevention Month. Visit our toolkit for products for you and your organization to promote suicide prevention resources: https://health.mil/Military-Health-Topics/MHS-Toolkits/Suicide-Prevention #ConnectToProtect”


Suicide Prevention Resources Infographic

Suggested social media message: “Reach out for support. These clinical and nonclinical resources are available if you’re experiencing mental health issues. https://health.mil/News/In-the-Spotlight/Mental-Health-is-Health-Care


Suicide Prevention Infographic

Suggested social media message: "Seeking help early can help prevent a crisis. Learn more about the treatment options and resources available to get help: www.health.mil/HereForYou #ConnectToProtect "


Suicide Prevention Infographic

Suggested social media message: “Don’t wait until you’re in crisis. Get help early if you’re struggling with mental health issues https://www.tricare.mil/mentalhealth. #ConnectToProtect”


Help is Available Clinical Treatments Work

Suggested social media message: "September is #SuicidePreventionMonth. Recovery from suicide related thoughts or behaviors is possible. Often taking small steps to address problems early can make a big difference. Learn more about treatment options available: https://www.health.mil/Military-Health-Topics/Centers-of-Excellence/Psychological-Health-Center-of-Excellence/PHCoE-Clinician-Resources/Suicide-Risk/Treatment-for-Suicide-related-Thoughts-and-Behaviors #ConnectToProtect"


What does suicide look like? It looks like the friends, family members and co-workers who are left behind.

Suggested social media message: "Treatment works - get help early to address mental health conditions before they worsen. www.health.mil/HereForYou #ConnectToProtect"


Suicide Prevention Infographic

Suggested social media message: “Don’t wait until you’re in crisis to get help. www.health.mil/HereForYou #ConnectToProtect"


Suicide Prevention Infographic

Suggested social media message: “If you are struggling with depression, anxiety, or other mental health issues, there are nonclinical resources available. https://health.mil/Military-Health-Topics/Centers-of-Excellence/Psychological-Health-Center-of-Excellence/Psychological-Health-Readiness/Chaplains-and-Mental-Health
#ConnectToProtect”


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