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A letter from Mrs. Linda Gilday about mental health resources.
In the spirit of ‘Get Real, Get Better,’ and realizing holidays are coming up, (a hard time for many), I thought I’d take a moment and provide resources to help you and your loved ones optimize your mental health. As a member of the Navy family, I am committed to helping our entire Navy family live your best lives. I offer this letter to encourage you to talk about this mental health openly, honestly, and often – and create a culture of safety and support. We all take care of our physical health, and we need to do the same with our minds.
Mental illness and suicide don’t discriminate. Within the Navy, let’s take proactive steps toward maintaining our mental wellness and foster connectedness with those around us. Mental health and indeed suicide prevention start with simple, ongoing efforts to promote our own mental wellness, sense of community, and sense of belongingness. If you are looking for a starting point, I recommend downloading the MyNavy Family App and prioritize yourself, your wellness.
When supporting and checking in on how others are doing, it is important to remember:
To ensure we are doing our part to keep ourselves and those around us safe, it is important to lead by example:
People are the most important part of our Navy family. And to any member of our Navy family struggling with suicidal thoughts or ideations, please know we are right here with you. We care about you and your mental wellness, and we want you to stay safe.
There are many professional resources available to help, including: medical providers, the Sailor Assistance and Intercept for Life (SAIL) program, the Navy’s Counseling Advocacy Program, as well as confidential support from a Navy chaplain or the Military Crisis Line. Telemedicine mental health services are also available through your local medical provider. There are also many commercial online therapeutic services, such as Talkspace and peer support chat platforms like Supportiv.
I have included a list of suicide prevention resources below to help you or people you know that need support.
Lastly, my own personal ways of encouragement:
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