Statistics show ‘You Matter’ campaign making strides

  • Published
  • By Maj. Colin Burchfield
  • Director of Psychological Health
In calendar year 2008, we experienced the loss of eight Team Robins members to suicide. In calendar year 2009, we experienced the loss of an additional four Team Robins members to suicide.

Based on numerical comparisons of the two calendar years, we have made positive strides toward educating every member of our team about suicide.

There is also tremendous anecdotal evidence more people are hearing our messages. Informal surveys confirm more people are aware of our suicide prevention resources. The number of calls to our and other help lines has increased.

Still, this is a dynamic and continual endeavor.

We must continue our hard work to curb the number of suicides.
Indeed, our suicide prevention efforts require our constant attention.

We must repeatedly voice the 'You Matter' message to both those who may be considering suicide and those in a position to prevent such tragedies.

I truly believe what each of you do, whether on the job in support of our nation or in your private lives, does matter. But, I also realize some people don't feel they matter.

If you're one of those people, there are a number of helping agencies on base ready to support you.

All you need to do is call or visit any one of the activities. Similarly, if you know of someone in distress, make every effort to connect them with one or more of these resources.

You Matter!