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The Airman’s Edge Project: A Peer-Based, Injury Prevention Approach to Preventing Military Suicide

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Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Health, The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center, Columbus, OH 43210, USA
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509th Operational Medical Readiness Squadron, Knob Noster, MO 65305, USA
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Academic Editors: Emily A. Schmied and Jennifer Sanchez-Flack
Int. J. Environ. Res. Public Health 2021, 18(6), 3153; https://doi.org/10.3390/ijerph18063153
Received: 19 February 2021 / Revised: 8 March 2021 / Accepted: 10 March 2021 / Published: 18 March 2021
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Health Promotion and Behavioral Epidemiology)
In light of data indicating military personnel are more likely to reach out to peers during times of need, peer-to-peer (P2P) support programs have been implemented for military suicide prevention. Often designed to reduce suicidal thoughts and behaviors by reducing mental health symptom severity, existing data suggest that P2P programs have little to no effect on mental health symptoms. Conceptualizing suicide prevention from an occupational safety and injury prevention perspective to promote positive health-related behavior change at both the group and individual level may enhance the effectiveness of P2P programs and military suicide prevention efforts more broadly. To illustrate these concepts, the present article provides an overview of the Airman’s Edge project, a P2P program design based upon the occupational safety and injury prevention model of suicide prevention, and describes a program evaluation effort designed to test the effectiveness of this approach. View Full-Text
Keywords: peer mentoring; suicide; military; peer-to-peer; occupational safety peer mentoring; suicide; military; peer-to-peer; occupational safety
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Baker, J.C.; Bryan, C.J.; Bryan, A.O.; Button, C.J. The Airman’s Edge Project: A Peer-Based, Injury Prevention Approach to Preventing Military Suicide. Int. J. Environ. Res. Public Health 2021, 18, 3153. https://doi.org/10.3390/ijerph18063153

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Baker JC, Bryan CJ, Bryan AO, Button CJ. The Airman’s Edge Project: A Peer-Based, Injury Prevention Approach to Preventing Military Suicide. International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health. 2021; 18(6):3153. https://doi.org/10.3390/ijerph18063153

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Baker, Justin C.; Bryan, Craig J.; Bryan, AnnaBelle O.; Button, Christopher J. 2021. "The Airman’s Edge Project: A Peer-Based, Injury Prevention Approach to Preventing Military Suicide" Int. J. Environ. Res. Public Health 18, no. 6: 3153. https://doi.org/10.3390/ijerph18063153

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