Marking Suicide Prevention Month

In recognition of Suicide Prevention Month, First Lady Michelle Obama and Dr. Jill Biden have contributed to the Huffington Post “Invisible Casualties” series -- a special series that shines the spotlight on military suicides and prevention.

Joining Forces is committed to enhancing the well-being and psychological health of our military service members, families, and veterans. Thus far, Joining Forces has engaged mental health professional associations to train thousands of health care providers to recognize the unseen wounds of war, promote research, and build public awareness of military wellness issues.

Joining Forces wants every military service member, veteran, and family to know that asking for help is not a sign a weakness and they do not have to face these challenges alone.  As Americans, it is our duty to take care of those who have sacrificed so much for our country.

“Whether you’re a friend, a neighbor, or a family member, you can help support these heroes by encouraging them and their families to seek help if they need it,” explained Dr. Biden.

If you or someone you know is seeking assistance, The Military Crisis Line is there to help. For support, call 1-800-273-8255 (Press 1), text 838255 or chat online at  www.militarycrisisline.net. This service is free, confidential, and available 24/7 to all military service members, veterans, family members, and friends.

Colonel Rich Morales is Executive Director of Joining Forces

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