As many of you are aware this month, September, is Suicide Prevention Awareness Month. TAPS has been working closely with DoD, the VA, the National Action Alliance, DSPO, SAMHSA, Joining Forces, and others to help our service members, veterans, and surviving military families fight this other side of war.
Our message is one of hope, of help, and of healing. The 22 movement has brought attention to this issue, but we would encourage you instead to use “safe messaging.” Sadly, and too often, we hear firsthand from family members the stories that their loved ones felt they were just a number and gave up. While numbers and statistics are important, they need to be paired with stories of hope.
No one is, nor should they be considered, a number. No one should feel they don’t matter. Words matter. And we need to be aware of their impact. To that end, the Alliance has also put together “safe messaging” points to help your organization with this difficult but important topic.
Please help us share that message. Please share this PSA and let others know there is hope. There is help. There is healing.
A joint webinar with the National Action Alliance and TAPS will be hosted today, September 6, at 12noon. The webinar, "Reporting and Messaging on Suicide in the Military" will help both journalists and those in the military community shape what we tell ourselves and others about suicide:
“Reporting and Messaging on Suicide in the Military"
Tue, Sep 6, 2016 12 - 12:45 PM Eastern Time
Please join my meeting from your computer, tablet or smartphone.
We hope you will run this PSA throughout the year, not just during Suicide Prevention Month, as well as share it with your partners and audience.
Thank you for your time and continued support.
Amy K. Mitchell
Communications & Strategy
Tragedy Assistance Program for Survivors
800.959.8277 (TAPS) | www.taps.org | firstname.lastname@example.org