ASAP encourages community to #BeThere

By Danielle Davis, Bayonet & Saber /

Suicide has no race, gender or creed,” said Jamisena Tarver, the Fort Benning Army Substance Abuse Program suicide prevention program manager.

Each year, the Army recognizes Suicide Awareness Month during September.

“ASAP provides training on substance abuse, drug and alcohol abuse. In my field, we provide suicide prevention and awareness information to all of the Soldiers, their families as well as Department of Defense civilians,” Tarver said.

This program is here to save lives. It is important to have information regarding suicide available to those who need it, she added.

This year ASAP chose #BeThere as the theme for Suicide Awareness Month, explained Tarver.

“The purpose of this year’s events is to get awareness out there. We want people to know what the warning signs look like in themselves and others. We would like to get the community involved, let them know we’re here for them,” she added.

“#BeThere to save a life. #BeThere to help your fellow Soldier, coworker or family member. Whoever you think is at risk,” Tarver added.

As part of Suicide Awareness Month, ASAP will be hosting a number of events, including a Lunch and Learn which will take place Sept. 6 and 27 from noon to 1 p.m. at The Infantry Chapel Annex in Building 101A.

“The Lunch and Learn is for spouses, family members and friends from the community who want to attend,” said Tarver.

According to Tarver, Rebecca Watkins, a community representative from Bradford Health Services, will be on post Sept. 8 to help with suicide prevention.

She will be providing two sessions from 10 to 11 a.m. and 1 to 2 p.m. at the 30th Adjutant General Battalion in Building 310 on Sand Hill.

Additionally, ASAP will be conducting Applied Suicide Intervention Skills Training for the gatekeepers, or the points of contact within the units, Tarver said.

For more information about ASAP or the Suicide Awareness Month events, contact Jamisena Tarver at 706-545-5441.

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