September is observed as Suicide Prevention Month, where the nation raises awareness and promotes resources to prevent death by suicide. This year’s theme, “Connect to Protect – Support is Within Reach. We're in this Together”, is based on the Army's approach of encouraging Soldiers to take care of Soldiers with the importance of the roles that the team, Family, and individual play in suicide prevention.



SPM Awareness Materials


Stories of Hope

Episode 1:
The Stories of Hope podcast features Sgt. 1st Class Chelsea Porterfield, the first female Sergeant of the Guard at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier. She shares her personal struggles and gives her perspective on empathy.

Hosted By: Lt. Gen. Gary Brito, Deputy Chief of Staff, G-1, and Dr. James Helis, Director of ARD.

Episode 2:
The Stories of Hope podcast features Col. Khallid Shabazz, as he shares how close he was to ending his life and the conversation which encouraged him to keep living.

Hosted By: Lt. Gen. Gary Brito, Deputy Chief of Staff, G-1, and Dr. James Helis, Director of ARD.

Episode 3:
The Stories of Hope podcast features Master Sgt. Gracie Williams in conversation about her experiences with suicide, leadership, and the importance of talking about the past to strengthen the future.

Hosted By: Lt. Gen. Gary Brito, Deputy Chief of Staff, G-1, and Dr. James Helis, Director of ARD.

Episode 4:
The Stories of Hope podcast features Sgt. Maj. Thomas Campbell, sharing what it was like coming home from deployment, his struggle with suicidal ideation, and the importance of engaged leadership.

Hosted By: Lt. Gen. Gary Brito, Deputy Chief of Staff, G-1, and Dr. James Helis, Director of ARD.

If you’re thinking about suicide, the 988 Suicide and Crisis Lifeline is available 24/7 across the United States. It is free, available to everyone and it is confidential. Call: 988 and press 1 for the Military Crisis Line. In Europe, call 00-800-1273-8255. In Korea, call 0808-555-118.