Sailors at the Office of Naval Intelligence (ONI) produced a video
illustrating the power that "1 Small ACT" has had in their lives, and how they pledge to pay it forward. One Sailor discussed his experience as a new check-in at his first duty station after his wallet was stolen. He unexpectedly received a card in the mail from one of his Sunday school teachers back home that contained $25. "She did not know that I needed that money and just felt compelled to insert that money into the card...it showed me that there is compassion anywhere and there's always someone watching out for you."
Five other Sailors, including two ONI suicide prevention coordinators, shared their stories of Small ACTs that made a difference in their lives. Videos and multimedia have been popular creative alternatives to singular photos, with Surface Warfare Officer School Great Lakes compiling a video slideshow of their photos, currently housed in the video gallery
on Navy Operational Stress Control's Facebook page.
I will always take care of my Sailors. ACT is not a buzzword for the month of September - it applies 24/7 year-round." -Cmdr. David Dwyer, Commanding Officer, Surface Warfare Officers School Great Lakes
It's never too late to get involved. No act is too small to make a difference - or save a life. Here's how you can help:
Take a selfie with your Small ACT written on this sign
and email it to firstname.lastname@example.org, post it to Facebook with the hashtag #1SmallACT or submit through the Real Warriors app
for inclusion in the photo gallery.
Encourage your shipmates, family and friends to participate. Group photos (and videos) are powerful signs of solidarity and community!
Perform 1 Small ACT (or many Small ACTs) every day. You can sing a funny song to bring a smile to a shipmate's face, organize a teambuilding event, take five minutes to let five people in your life know how important they are to you, accompany a shipmate to seek help for stress concerns...the possibilities are endless! For more ideas, check out the 1 Small ACT Toolkit
released for 2015 Navy Suicide Prevention Month.
Break the silence and start conversations about psychological health as early and often as you would discuss physical health. Talking about stress, suicide and other concerns may reduce negative perceptions and barriers that prevent seeking help.
Lead by example. If you are having difficulty navigating stress - from relationship challenges, to career setbacks, financial problems or psychological health concerns - help is always available. Speak with a trusted shipmate or leader, seek the confidential support of a Navy chaplain
or call the Military Crisis Line
at 1-800-273-TALK (Option 1).
Navy Suicide Prevention Branch thanks all who have participated in the 1 Small ACT Photo Gallery, as well as those who perform Small ACTs every day without recognition. Together, we can be there for Every Sailor, Every Day.