ATTENTION: Sgt. Maj. of the Army to discuss Army wide Suicide Stand Down


Sgt. Maj. of the Army, Raymond Chandler, III

On Thursday, September 27, 2012 the Army will conduct a suicide prevention Stand Down worldwide to focus on promoting good health, teammate involvement, risk reduction and resilience training. The theme for the Stand Down is “Shoulder to Shoulder, We Stand Up for Life.”

On Wednesday, September 26, at 12:30 p.m. ET, Sergeant Major of the Army, Raymond F. Chandler, III will participate in a bloggers/media roundtable to discuss the Stand Down and how the Army is working to reduce and  eliminate stigma associated with seeking help for suicidal ideations and actions.

Listen to the conversation LIVE here:

September is recognized nationally and by the Army as  Suicide Prevention Month. The theme for this years’ observance is “A Healthy Force is a Ready Force.” The Army Suicide Prevention Program focuses on minimizing suicidal behavior by training Soldiers, leaders, Department of the Army civilians and family members to recognize signs of suicidal behavior, intervention strategies and how to refer individuals for care.

During the Army Suicide Prevention Month, agencies and organizations throughout the Army are executing appropriate educational activities to observe Suicide Prevention Month. In addition, Public service announcements with senior leaders messaging have been disseminated throughout the Army to support Army leaders.

Learn more about what the Army is doing to prevent suicides and to find additional resources, visit