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“You can splint and patch physical wounds, but emotional wounds don’t lend themselves to such fixes. But we must continuously develop equivalent accommodations.”


Retired Army Gen. Eric Shinseki
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Military OneSource

When a Service Member May Be at Risk of Committing Suicide- One of the most difficult challenges you may face as a supervisor or military leader is knowing what to do if one of your service members is at risk of committing suicide. Don't ignore the warning signs. If one of your service members appears to be at risk of suicide, it is vital to get help immediately. Because suicide takes a heavy toll on unit readiness, preventing suicide is a high priority. Everyone -- from leaders to fellow service members and friends -- must help the military member get the help he or she needs. Active-duty, Guard, and Reserve members and their families can call the Military One Source line at 1-800-342-9647, available 24/7 or schedule short-term, non-medical counseling sessions online.

Military Pathways

Formerly the Mental Health Self-Assessment Program (MHSAP), Military Pathways offers service personnel and their families the opportunity to take anonymous, mental health and alcohol use self-assessments online, via the phone, and through special events held at installations. The self-assessments are a brief series of questions that, when linked together, help create a picture of how an individual is feeling.

National Suicide Prevention Hotline

Are you feeling desperate, alone or hopeless? Call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-TALK (8255), a free, 24-hour hotline available to anyone in suicidal crisis or emotional distress. Your call will be routed to the nearest crisis center to you.

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Air Force Suicide Prevention Program

Designed to provide information and tools to members of the Air Force community (Suicide Prevention Program Managers, commanders, gatekeepers, IDS members, etc.) in their efforts to help reduce Air Force suicides.

Army Suicide Prevention Program

Improve readiness through the development and enhancement of the Army Suicide Prevention Program policies designed to minimize suicide behavior; thereby preserving mission effectiveness through individual readiness for Soldiers, their Families, and Department of the Army civilians.

Army Suicide Prevention Training

ACE is the Army-approved suicide prevention and awareness training model. ACE is approximately one and one half hours long. The key training objective is awareness training (risk factors and warning signs).

Marines Suicide Prevention Program

A comprehensive resource for Marines in distress and leaders who are managing Marines in distress. Includes resource tool boxes for Marines & Family, Commands and Leaders, and Health Professionals.

Marines, Camp Pendleton:
Suicide Prevention

Suicide is defined in the dictionary as the act of killing oneself intentionally. The reasons behind these attempts are numerous; some may attempt suicide to escape a situation that they think is impossible to deal with.

Navy Suicide Prevention Program

A resource for Sailors, Commands, and Leaders including prevention posters, news, facts and statistics.

U.S. Coast Guard Suicide Prevention Program

The Suicide Prevention Program provides training and response to suicidal behavior with an emphasis on awareness and prevention.

Veterans Health Administration Suicide Prevention Program

Suicide Prevention is everyone's business, and VA is enhancing its efforts in this vital area of veteran health.

Military Healthcare system

TRICARE - Suicide Prevention Portal

Information on how to get help and how to recognize the warning signs.

TRICARE Behavioral Health Contacts

Key contacts when seeking behavioral health care.

TRICARE Assistance Program (TRIAP)

Expands access to behavioral health services through video chat and instant messaging.

Uniformed Services University Suicide Behavior and Prevention Laboratory

The Suicide Behavior and Prevention Laboratory at the Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences is dedicated to the study, development, and empirical evaluation of effective interventions for individuals with suicide behavior.

USU also provides fact sheets through its Courage to Care campaign (Adobe Acrobat PDF):

DCoE Outreach Center

The Outreach Center answers questions about psychological health and traumatic brain injury around the clock and every day of the year from members of all the military services (including the National Guard and Reserve), veterans, families, healthcare providers, military leaders, and employers.

National Center for Telehealth and Technology: Suicide Risk Management & Surveillance Office (SRMSO)

The Suicide Risk Management & Surveillance Office (SRMSO) helps the Department of Defense standardize and track suicide events and their risk/protective factors. For the first time, this program provides the opportunity to examine suicide risk and protective factors across the DoD and between Services. In addition, it provides a surveillance system to detect how these risk factors may change over time as the DoD mission or military population changes.

Real Warriors Campaign

The Real Warriors Campaign is an initiative launched by the Defense Centers of Excellence for Psychological Health and Traumatic Brain Injury (DCoE) to promote the processes of building resilience, facilitating recovery and supporting reintegration of returning service members, veterans and their families.

Force Health Protection and Readiness

Includes research on mental health issues, including suicide prevention, through DeployMED ResearchLink

From the DoD and Beyond

DoD Live Blog

Helping Fellow Soldiers.

The DCoE Blog

Suicide Prevention: Get Armed with Information, Resources, Tools.

Air Force Crossroads - Suicide Resources

The official community website of the Air Force.

Wingman Project

“The goal of the Wingman Project is to eliminate Warfighter and family member suicide through human outreach, media and training.”

Army Behavioral Health: Suicide Prevention

Suicide prevention resources from Army Medicine.

Marines Blog

I've Never Seen Combat But I Live With Combat Stress.

National Guard Suicide Prevention

As the Guard works to instill resiliency in its ranks, the question remains: Why are some Guardmembers choosing suicide? This special six-part series examines that question.

U.S. Army Center for Health Promotion and Preventative Medicine Suicide Resources (CHPPM)

A comprehensive index of Army resources for suicide prevention.

Army Well-Being: Suicide Prevention

Suicide prevention resources from Army Well-Being, assisting Soldiers, Army Wives, Families, Wounded Warriors and Survivors by providing resources and information to maintain healthy well-being.

Hooah4Health: Suicide Prevention Resource Manual

Suicide prevention resources on the U.S. Army's health promotion and wellness web site.

Navy and Marine Corps Public Health Center - Suicide Prevention

Facts, resources and presentations on suicide prevention from the Navy and Marine Corps Public Health Center.

Tragedy Assistance Program for Survivors (TAPS), Help for Survivors: Suicide

Resources for survivors affected by a suicide from TAPS, which provides comfort and care, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week through comprehensive services and programs including peer based emotional support, case work assistance, crisis intervention, and grief and trauma resources.

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National Institute of Mental Health - Suicide Prevention Resources

Resources from the NIMH around suicide prevention.