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Suicide Prevention: 90 MW holds story telling event

Senior Master Sgt. Cody Stollings, 790th Missile Security Forces Squadron operations superintendent, Tech. Sgt. Robert Gerard, 90th Security Forces Squadron commander support staff, and Airman Alfonso Santiago, 90th Medical Group medical technician, sit on a panel for a story telling event Sept. 10 2019, at F.E. Warren Air Force Base, Wyo. The event was hosted on Suicide Prevention Day and aimed to raise awareness about suicide prevention. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Abbigayle Williams)

Senior Master Sgt. Cody Stollings, 790th Missile Security Forces Squadron operations superintendent, Tech. Sgt. Robert Gerard, 90th Security Forces Squadron commander support staff, and Airman Alfonso Santiago, 90th Medical Group medical technician, sit on a panel for a story telling event Sept. 10 2019, at F.E. Warren Air Force Base, Wyo. The event was hosted on Suicide Prevention Day and aimed to raise awareness about suicide prevention. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Abbigayle Williams)

Colonel Peter Bonetti, 90th Missile Wing commander, signs a proclamation, recognizing Suicide Prevention Month and asking the Airmen of F.E. Warren to be there for each other while taking an active role in suicide prevention Sept. 10, 2019, at F.E. Warren Air Force Base, Wyo. The proclamation was signed during a story telling event, allowing a panel of Airmen to share their personal stories of resiliency and strength.

Colonel Peter Bonetti, 90th Missile Wing commander, signs a proclamation, recognizing Suicide Prevention Month and asking the Airmen of F.E. Warren to be there for each other while taking an active role in suicide prevention Sept. 10, 2019, at F.E. Warren Air Force Base, Wyo. The proclamation was signed during a story telling event, allowing a panel of Airmen to share their personal stories of resiliency and strength.

Airman Alfonso Santiago, 90th Medical Group medical technician and another Airman hug after a story telling event Sept. 10 2019, at F.E. Warren Air Force Base, Wyo. The event was hosted on Suicide Prevention Day and aimed to raise awareness about suicide prevention. (U.S. Air Force photo by Joseph Coslett)

Airman Alfonso Santiago, 90th Medical Group medical technician and another Airman hug after a story telling event Sept. 10 2019, at F.E. Warren Air Force Base, Wyo. The event was hosted on Suicide Prevention Day and aimed to raise awareness about suicide prevention. (U.S. Air Force photo by Joseph Coslett)

Supplies were displayed for people attending the 90th Missile Wing's Story Telling Event Sept. 10, 2019, at F.E. Warren Air Force Base, Wyo. The event was hosted on Suicide Prevention Day and aimed to raise awareness about suicide prevention. (U.S. Air Force photo by Joseph Coslett)

Supplies were displayed for people attending the 90th Missile Wing's Story Telling Event Sept. 10, 2019, at F.E. Warren Air Force Base, Wyo. The event was hosted on Suicide Prevention Day and aimed to raise awareness about suicide prevention. (U.S. Air Force photo by Joseph Coslett)

F.E. WARREN AIR FORCE BASE, Wyo. --

A story telling event was hosted Sept. 10, 2019 at F.E. Warren Air Force Base, Wyo., to raise awareness about suicide prevention.

The event included a panel of three, Senior Master Sgt. Cody Stollings, 790th Missile Security Forces Squadron operations superintendent, Tech. Sgt. Robert Gerard, 90th Security Forces Squadron commander support staff, and Airman Alfonso Santiago, 90th Medical Group medical technician, who shared their personal stories of resiliency and strength.

According to an unofficial release from the wing, suicide is the leading cause of death in the Air Force. Throughout the month of September, units from F.E. Warren and across the Air Force will be focusing on early and responsible help-seeking, underscoring prevention efforts, and increasing information on risk factors and warning signs.

The event provided Airmen in attendance the opportunity to ask questions of the panel during a Q&A segment of the event.

Finally, all Airmen and their families were encouraged to talk with each other, their leaders and base support agencies about suicidal thoughts, expressions of self-harm, or mentions of suicide.

If you or anyone you know is dealing with thoughts of self-harm, please contact the Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-8255 or text WYO to 741741. If it is an emergency, contact local law enforcement by dialing 911.