NMCB 3 Helps Ventura County 'Walk Out of Darkness'

Story Number: NNS140924-12Release Date: 9/24/2014 2:02:00 PM
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By Construction Mechanic 3rd Class Zachary Miller, Naval Mobile Construction Battalion 3 Public Affairs

CAMARILLO, Calif. (NNS) -- Seabees from Naval Mobile Construction Battalion (NMCB) 3 joined hundreds of people from Ventura County to support the "Out of the Darkness" suicide prevention community walk in Camarillo, California, Sept. 20.

Sponsored by the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention (ASFP), the annual nation-wide event helps raise funds and awareness to prevent future suicides.

According to NMCB 3's Coalition of Sailors Against Destructive Decisions (CSADD) president, Logistics Specialist 2nd Class Maria Escamilla, the optimistic event allowed those affected by suicide to come together, heal and help support a life-saving cause.

"Not only does the walk bring families who have lost someone together to support one another, it also raises money to promote awareness," said Escamilla. "I hope people take the information here and apply it to their personal lives, notice the signs and help someone suffering."

Every 13.3 minutes, someone dies from suicide with an attempt made every minute of every day - a fact promoted on the AFSP.org website.

In the military, this message is taken as a call to help strengthen trust and meaningful connections between peers through the Navy's "Every Sailor, Every Day" campaign. The campaign offers webinars and special training to command leadership, chaplains and individual members to help support resilience and regards seeking help as a sign of strength. Training also includes open communication, individual responsibility and bystander intervention.

For more information, visit www.suicide.navy.mil or www.afsp.org.

The Naval Construction Force is a vital component of the U.S. Maritime Strategy. The force provides deployable battalions capable of providing disaster preparation and recovery support, humanitarian assistance and combat operations support.

For more information, visit www.suicide.navy.mil or www.afsp.org.

For more news from Naval Mobile Construction Battalion 3, visit www.navy.mil/local/nmcb3/.

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