SCANG Suicide Awareness video now available online
By 2Lt. Stephen Hudson, 169th Fighter Wing Public Affairs
/ Published December 02, 2014
MCENTIRE JOINT NATIONAL GUARD BASE, S.C. --
Suicide in the military has been at the forefront lately and the South Carolina Air National Guard's leadership has asked Ms. Mimi Meriwether, the wing's Director of Psychological Health, and Chaplain, Lt. Col. Brian Bohlman to develop a short video on suicide awareness.
According to the Defense Suicide Prevention Office in July, 479 U.S. troops committed suicide in 2013. That's an annual rate of 18.7 per 100,000 for active service members, 23.4 per 100,000 for Reserves, and 28.9 per 100,000 for National Guard. Since 2009, there have been 16 South Carolina National Guard Soldiers and Airmen who have committed suicide, and the one common theme to each was relationship problems.
Please follow this link
to view the video, and please feel free to share it with others through your personal social media accounts.
If you or someone you know needs help, please call 1-800-681-2558 for assistance. The Behavioral Health Care Line is open around the clock every day for National Guard Soldiers and Airmen and their families who may need help.