WDAM 7 News
By Mike Lacy, Reporter
June 16th 2016
"Fifteen active duty Navy personnel have died by suicide in 2016"
Officials with the Naval Construction Battalion Center in Gulfport amp up call for early intervention in wake of two suicides in less than a week. (Photo source: WLOX News)GULFPORT, MS (WLOX) - Two sailors at the Naval Construction Battalion Center took their own lives in less than a week.
One sailor took his own life on June 10, and the second jumped off the top floor of a Gulfport parking garage five days later.
Base officials say all the resources that can help prevent suicide are there - suicide prevention is a priority at the Naval Construction Battalion Center in Gulfport.
But those resources - medical, mental and spiritual based - do nothing if no one reaches out.
“There are so many more now than there used to be resources available,” said Paula Ingram, education services facilitator at Fleet and Family Support Center. “All we can do is inform people but we cannot make them come in.”
Although personnel receive training, Ingram believes some military members are worried that reaching out may affect their career.
“They know about the resources....They’ve heard the training so many times, they can give it,” Ingram said. “What keeps somebody from reaching out to the resources, I don’t know.”
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