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Wing Command Staff Addresses Suicide Prevention Month

MCCONNELL AIR FORCE BASE, Kansas --

 

Fighting Jayhawks,

September is Suicide Prevention Month.  A recent study concluded that one suicide may affect up to 135 people.  An unfortunate truth is, based on the number of suicides that have taken place in the 184th over the last few years, we have all been affected by suicide either directly, or indirectly.

Current research indicates that connectedness is a factor that can reduce the likelihood that someone will consider, or attempt suicide. Having social connections you can count on, and a sense that you belong, can be protective against suicide, while loneliness and feeling like a burden can increase the risk for suicide for some individuals.

This is one of the reasons the Wing Focus Area was changed to reflect “Strength Through Connections / Partnerships.”  We must all do our best to connect to each other and understand that we all have a very important purpose, a very important mission.  Every Airman contributes to that mission.  If you’ve noticed the billboard, or noticed the SharePoint page, there is a quote:

“Each Airman should know why his/her job is important to the state of Kansas and the United Stated Air Force.”

What you do matters.  The connections you make with each other matter.  Take care of yourselves and take care of your fellow Airmen.  You are all important to us, to the state, and to the United States Air Force! 

We encourage you to take steps in September, and year-round, to “Connect to Protect” with individuals and families. Everyone plays a role in suicide prevention.

We appreciate what you all do. 

-Col Jason L. Knobbe

 

Resources:

  • Jeri Kennedy, Director of Psychological Health, 759-8901
  • Chaplain 759-7030
  • Military Crisis Line at 1-800-273-8255, press 1, or visit www.militarycrisisline.net and chat online, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.
  • Military OneSource provides 24/7 service, 800-342-9647
  • Crisis Text Line 741741

Local Information

Recruiting - 316-759-7424

 

Mailing Address:

52960 Jayhawk Dr.
McConnell AFB, KS 67221

 

Wichita Area Code – 316
Comm. Prefix – 759-XXXX
DSN Prefix – 743-XXXX
McConnell Operator – 6100
Weather Line – 1-800-892-526

Essential Numbers

184th Command Post – 759-7070
184th Force Support Sq. – 759-7431
184th Comptroller Flight – 759-7068
184th Sec. Forces Sq. – 759-7445
184th Medical Group - 759-7380
184th Public Affairs – 759-7561
Family Support Office – 759-7092
Director of Psych. Health – 759-8901
Sexual Assault Helpline – 759-7011
22nd Medical Group – 759-6300

Update your ID - 759-7431