/ Published September 11, 2020
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
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