Although Suicide Prevention and Awareness Month has come to an end, CBP’s efforts to combat this crisis are nonstop. CBP has launched an annual campaign called Shine A Light to bring awareness to suicide risk factors while promoting and educating CBP employees and their families on the free, confidential resources available to them. There is no single cause of suicide, so throughout the year CBP will emphasize key themes, topics of focus, program activities and communication efforts to create a more informed and resilient CBP workforce.
National Depression and Mental Health Screening Month (October 2020)
Did You Know?
One in four people live with mental health problems but of those, only one in five seek treatment.
What Can You Do?
The Interactive Screening Program (ISP)—a completely web-based way to reach out to the Employee Assistance Program (EAP) (Password: CBPEAP) for connection, engagement, and treatment. Employees and their eligible family members can access a questionnaire—which takes about 10 minutes to complete—and receive a confidential, personalized response from a counselor.
Note: The Standard Form 86 (SF86), Questionnaire for National Security Positions, does not require employees to report counseling related exclusively to grief, family, or marital issues, or counseling related to military service. More information is available here.
Domestic Violence Awareness Month (October 2020)
Domestic violence, or intimate partner violence, is a pattern of physical, sexual, or emotional abuse used by a partner to gain or retain power in a relationship and is a risk factor for suicide. Research also indicates a higher prevalence of depression, anxiety, and post-traumatic stress disorder as a result. The added stress from the COVID-19 pandemic has disconnected many from their support systems and stimulated or worsened violence in homes. If you are being abused, or know someone who is, call the National Domestic Violence Hotline at 800-799-SAFE (7233) or visit www.thehotline.org.
And as always, if you, a colleague, or a family member is experiencing an emotional crisis, help is available:
- Call 911
- Call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 800-273-TALK (8255)
- Call the CBP Employee Assistance Program (Password: CBPEAP) at 800-755-7002
- Text HOME to the Crisis Text Line at 741741
- Find a local Chaplain, Peer Support, or Veteran Support member
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