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Suicide Myth #1

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September is Suicide Prevention and Awareness Month. Team Kirtland is observing the month via a series of events and information on suicide and how to support people in danger. Included in the information will be myths about suicide and the realities which help us to support our wingmen:


Myth: once someone is suicidal, he or she will always remain suicidal.



Truth:  most suicidal people are desperately seeking a way out of unbearable emotional pain and are ambivalent about ending their own lives. Heightened suicide risk is often short-term and situation-specific. While suicidal thoughts may return, they are not permanent and an individual with previously suicidal thoughts and attempts can go on to live a long life.

The Military Crisis line, toll-free number is (800) 273-TALK (273-8255),

which is available 24/7, can be used anywhere in the United States and

connects callers to a certified crisis center near where the call is placed.


Local Helping Agencies:

Mental Health Clinic 505 846-3305

Chaplain 505 846-5691 / 505 846-3777

Primary Care Behavioral Health 505 846-3200

Military One Source 1-800-342-9647

Military & Family Life Counselor (MFLC) 505 280-0664

Sexual Assault Response Coordinator 505 846-7272


#BeThere - Your action could save a life.




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