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Rose Barros, Family Advocacy Program (FAP) prevention and education specialist; Laurie Wilson, deputy director, Marine and Family Programs; Mary Jo Betyak-eisler, supervisor, Community Counseling Programs; and Vicki Duffy, section head of Headquarters Marine Corps Preventative Behavioral Health Capabilities, were lauded recently with recognition for their suicide prevention awareness efforts during Suicide Prevention Awareness Month observed in September.

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Quantico earns second consecutive suicide prevention honors

5 Mar 2018 | Tammy Smith/Community Relations Officer Marine Corps Base Quantico

The Department of Defense Suicide Prevention Office (DSPO) presented Marine Corps Base Quantico with the 2017 Outreach Recognition Award for exceptional suicide prevention efforts during Suicide Prevention Month 2017.

The DSPO provides advocacy, program oversight and policy for Department of Defense suicide prevention, intervention and post-intervention efforts to reduce suicidal behaviors in service members, civilians and their families. One of their initiatives is to promote service participation in the September Suicide Prevention Month. The 2017 theme was “BeThere, Your Action Could Save a Life.”

Col. Joseph M. Murray, commander, Marine Corps Installations National Capitol Region-Marine Corps Base Quantico accepted the award on Feb. 8 on behalf of the MCBQ Community Counseling Program (CCP).

Murray noted, “This is the second year in a row we have been recognized for our support of National Suicide Prevention Month.” The CCP used a multi-pronged effort that included individual services, conversations with commands, unit briefs and community outreach for the purpose of reducing the stigma surrounding suicide and improving access to supportive services.


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