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Get in on the ACT – Ways to Engage for Suicide Prevention Month 2015

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September is Suicide Prevention Month and we have the resources you need to get actively involved in supporting your shipmates this month and throughout the year. Building on the Every Sailor, Every Day campaign, the 21st Century Sailor Office’s Suicide Prevention Branch, OPNAV N171, is introducing the message “1 Small ACT” during this year’s observance. The little things that we can do as shipmates, leaders and family members every day can make a big difference in the lives of others.

While suicide prevention is an ongoing effort, this month’s observance is the perfect time to catalyze engagement and encourage your shipmates to support one another through life’s challenges. You can get started today by participating in the 1 Small ACT Photo Gallery on our Navy Operational Stress Control Facebook Page ( to illustrate practical applications of the 1 Small ACT message. By contributing to the photo gallery, you can demonstrate your commitment to supporting every Sailor, every day by highlighting simple ways to make a difference, inspire hope and save a life. Submissions will be accepted through Aug. 31, 2016.

Contributing to the 1 Small ACT Photo Gallery is quick, but the impact can last a lifetime. To participate:

  • Submit a photograph of yourself or your shipmates holding the 1 Small ACT sign (available in our toolkit here or on here), personalized with your example of a small act that can make a difference or save a life. For example, you could write “I will remember to personally thank my Sailors for their contributions to our mission.” Or, “I will speak to my command chaplain before my stress becomes overwhelming.”
  • Send your photo to for review and posting in the photo gallery. In the email, include your command or organization and the small act written on the sign (may be used as caption).
  • Like us on Facebook ( to view and share your image as inspiration to your shipmates, friends and family!

You can also submit your 1 Small ACT photo through the Real Warriors mobile application. The Real Warriors app is an online photo-sharing service that offers peer support for warriors, veterans and military families. Users can upload photos to the Wall, salute others and access 24/7 resources. If you don’t have the sign, just hold up your index finger in the photo, pick an inspirational message (e.g. “Real Strength”) and write your 1 Small ACT as a caption. You can download the app on the Apple App Store or view the Wall on your mobile browser at

Don’t stop there! Other ways to get involved include:

  • Using the 1 Small ACT a Day calendar from the toolkit (available for download with a free Issuu account here), include examples of simple actions to promote suicide prevention in your command’s Plan of the Day or Plan of the Week notes.
  • Educate five shipmates on five risk factors or warning signs for suicide, and asking them to pass it on.
  • Organize a 1 Small ACT challenge. Encourage your shipmates to perform meaningful acts throughout the month of September and share each on a designated wall in a high-visibility area, using the 1 Small ACT photo gallery sign.
  • Organize a 5K walk/run aboard your ship or installation, using 1 Small ACT as the theme. Have a 1 Small ACT photo station next to the check in table, stocked with printed photo gallery templates from the toolkit and bold markers so that participants can submit their images to the photo gallery (include instructions for submission at the table as well).
  • Post educational content to your command, unit, installation or organization’s social media networks. You can use the sample social media messages in the toolkit or choose your own messaging. Make sure to use the #1SmallACT hashtag!
  • Organize a showing of the “Every Sailor, Every Day” video followed by an open discussion about bystander intervention, peer support and active engagement. Be sure to follow communications guidelines described in the What’s in a Word fact sheet in the toolkit.

The 1 Small ACT Toolkit, available for download here, includes materials such as printable posters, social media graphics and sample messages, talking points, a sample proclamation from the commanding officer and more. Bookmark Navy Suicide Prevention’s webpage, like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter for more resources to support every Sailor, every day.

What will your small ACT be?

UPDATE: Suicide Prevention Webinar Archive Published

120604-N-KS651-015Editor’s note: The webinar discussed in the following news release has now been published on the NMCPHC website at


The Department of the Navy recognizes September as Suicide Prevention Month. The Every Sailor, Every Day campaign continues to emphasize the importance of ongoing support for our fellow Sailors and Marines by promoting the message “1 Small ACT.” In observance of Mental Health and Suicide Prevention Month, the Health Promotion and Wellness (HPW) Department at the Navy and Marine Corps Public Health Center (NMCPHC) will host a webinar in collaboration with Navy Suicide Prevention Branch (OPNAV N171) and Marine and Family Programs to discuss evidence-based programs and tools for suicide prevention and intervention used in the Navy and Marine Corps. This webinar will be focused on efforts from the deckplate to the leadership level. Speakers will address the importance of recognizing and understanding the factors that put Sailors and Marines at risk for suicide and the importance of communicating with one another to connect the dots and take action.

  • NMCPHC will discuss the available resources that can assist Sailors and Marines navigate stress and develop the positive coping skills that can assist with facing life’s challenges.
  • Navy Suicide Prevention Branch will address evidence-based intervention resources, tools, and training across the Fleet.
  • Marine and Family Programs, Community Counseling and Prevention will present the Marine Corps INTERCEPT Program and current Marine Corps suicide prevention efforts.

The webinar will be presented by:

  • Mr. Steve Holton, Deputy Director, OPNAV N171
  • LCDR Sam Stephens, Psy.D, Marine and Family Programs, Community Counseling and Prevention
  • Dr. Mark Long, Public Health Educator, HPW Department, NMCPHC


  • Describe current evidence-based suicide prevention and intervention efforts across the Navy and Marine Corps.
  • Communicate the importance of recognizing and understanding the factors that put Sailors and Marines at risk for suicide.
  • Identify helping resources available to Sailors, Marines, and their families across the Department of the Navy and the Department of Defense.

Registration is required for this webinar, and registration will close on Aug. 27. For registration information, visit the HPW Department’s Webinars Web page. You must have a Common Access Card to register for/attend this webinar.

Gearing Up for 2015 Suicide Prevention Month – 1 Small ACT at a Time

Navy Suicide Prevention Branch’s annual Cross Disciplinary Case Reviews blog actconsistently find that the majority of Sailors who die by suicide experienced a loss of belongingness, such as an inability to connect with shipmates, feeling like a burden on friends or family, or a perceived lack of purpose in the workplace or mission. While suicide is rarely the result of a single stressor or risk factor, strong connections and support are protective factors during challenging times. One small act from a shipmate, leader or family member can make a difference, and save a life.

September is Navy Suicide Prevention Month, kicking off our upcoming fiscal year Suicide Prevention efforts across the fleet. This year we are launching a new message within our Every Sailor, Every Day campaign, 1 Small ACT. This message encourages simple yet meaningful interactions to support one another, foster dialogue, promote early use of resources and prevent suicide.

Our goal isn’t to prevent suicide on a single day or month—and we need your help to be there for every Sailor, every day. By leveraging Suicide Prevention Month in September, shipmates, leaders, family and community members can reenergize local efforts and build sustainable initiatives that motivate positive action all year long. To help you kick off this phase of the Every Sailor, Every Day campaign at the deckplate or in your community, Navy Suicide Prevention Branch has developed the 1 Small ACT Toolkit to implement in September. This printable toolkit includes resources to help in times of crisis, high-resolution graphics for use on social media or in print products, and ideas for actions you can take during September and year-round.

This year, Sailors, families and the entire Navy community will have the opportunity to engage and contribute at the peer level by participating in the 1 Small ACT Photo Gallery. Individuals or groups can post photos of themselves holding up the 1 Small ACT sign personalized with a simple action that they can perform to make a difference in a shipmate’s life (e.g., “I will continue to reach out to my shipmates, even after they’ve changed duty stations.”). The image gallery will be housed on the Navy Operational Stress Control Facebook Page, illustrating the many ways to support every Sailor, every day. Submissions will be accepted from Sept.1, 2015 through Aug. 31, 2016 by emailing photo(s) to or uploading via the Real Warriors App. Be sure to check out the entry details in the toolkit or online before submitting!

On Sept. 1, suicide prevention coordinators, health promotion personnel, chaplains, leaders and other key influencers will have an opportunity to learn more about Navy’s evidence-based suicide prevention and intervention tools through a live-facilitated webinar. More information about this training, co-hosted by Navy Suicide Prevention Branch (OPNAV N171) and Navy & Marine Corps Public Health Center (NMCPHC) is available on the Webinars page of NMCPHC’s Health Promotion and Wellness Department’s website. Registration is required by August 27 and can be completed by visiting

One small act can make a big difference. Let us know how we can help you plan and organize your efforts to fight suicide, in September and throughout the year! To get the latest Navy Suicide Prevention Month resources, including the 1 Small ACT Toolkit, visit our Every Sailor, Every Day webpage. Follow us on Facebook and Twitter for examples of small acts that you can perform on a daily basis to support your shipmates, and stay tuned to NavyNavStress for more resources.

New Peer Support Program Offered by Military OneSource

150702-N-FQ994-059  GAETA, Italy (July 2, 2015) Sailors aboard the guided-missile destroyer USS Ross (DDG 71) heave mooring lines as the ship ports in Gaeta, Italy. Ross is conducting naval operations in the U.S. 6th Fleet area of operations in support of U.S. national security interests in Europe. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Robert S. Price/Released)

U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Robert S. Price/Released

While talking about stress may seem intimidating, having the support of someone who has “been there” can take the stress out of finding the resources you need. That’s one of the benefits of peer support, which leverages similar experiences and collaboration between individuals to create a forum for exploring positive coping strategies. Peer support can promote wellness, healthy stress navigation, stronger social connections, and improve overall quality of life—all built upon a foundation of Trust (one of the Principles of Resilience). The unique qualities of peer support, from the level of authenticity felt when speaking with someone who can relate, to the relaxed recovery-oriented approach to providing advice and resources, make this a key avenue for seeking help for life’s challenges outside of more traditional treatment settings.
Military OneSource now offers confidential peer-to-peer support for active duty service members, guardsmen, reservists (regardless of duty status), and their families. The service, accessible 24/7 by dialing the Military OneSource support line at 800-342-9647, offers callers an outlet to talk through stressors and get connected with the right resources, with the help of those who understand the stress of military life first-hand.

Service members and families who seek the support of Military OneSource’s peer support consultants can expect to speak with a caring, qualified peer with personal experience navigating their own stress as a military retiree, active duty or reserve service member, or military spouse. Consultants are not medical or clinical care providers—helping to keep conversations relaxed and relatable—but do have a minimum of a master’s degree and have been trained in best practices in peer support by the Defense Centers of Excellence. They’re available to listen without judgment, provide advice if desired, and connect callers with specific resources to help them make the most out of their military life.

Whether calling due to financial, family, or career-related stress, engaging peer support is a positive step toward proactively navigating challenges, promoting personal and mission readiness. Peer support services don’t just make connections or referrals to resources. They can help service members and families feel more comfortable speaking about life’s hurdles and overcome the internal and environmental barriers that can often get in the way of seeking help. Peer support also offers reciprocal benefits, providing consultants with the opportunity to grow from their own personal challenges by helping callers withstand, recover and adapt from their own—building resilience together.
Using this or any of Military OneSource’s confidential support services will not negatively affect a service member’s career and information will not be shared. While not intended as a crisis line, consultants will connect callers with immediate resources if an emergency is imminent, ensuring that everyone gets the support they need when they need it most.

For more information on this new service, visit Military OneSource or check out this article from Department of Defense news. To speak with a peer consultant at Military OneSource, call 1-800-342-9647.

NavyNavStress has a new URL!

We’re updating our web address, so be sure to update your bookmarks! NavyNavStress, the 21st Century Sailor Office’s official Operational Stress Control blog, is now accessible by visiting Same great blog, just a different way to get here!

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Stay tuned for more resources to help you, your shipmates and your family navigate stress!

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