September is Suicide Prevention Month across the Navy and Department of Defense. Each year, we use this month to reenergize efforts at the deckplate throughout the upcoming fiscal year, promoting fresh ways to stay engaged with our shipmates, recognize signs of distress, and intervene early. To that end, we're introducing a new message within our Every Sailor, Every Day campaign: "1 Small ACT." This message encourages simple actions we can all take as shipmates, leaders, family or friends to promote cohesion and inspire hope, based on the Ask Care Treat (ACT) bystander intervention model.
One small act can save a life."
For too long, psychological health has been a topic rarely discussed openly-until we experience the tragic loss of a shipmate or family member to suicide. Starting now, we ask you to break the silence and start the conversation about stress and suicide early and openly. We have the power to make a difference and break down the barriers to speaking up and seeking help. 1 Small ACT-lending a hand to a shipmate on the job, offering positive feedback, or being there to listen and provide support-can lead to one big step in the right direction.