Suicide Prevention

Suicide Prevention Program

Risk Factors

  • Previous suicide attempts
  • Close Family member who has committed suicide
  • Past history with depression
  • Suffered a recent loss by death, divorce, separation, or breakup
  • Poor social skills – difficulty connecting with others, making friends
  • Drug or alcohol abuse
  • Violence in the home or social environment
  • Handguns in the home
  • Work-related problems
  • Serious medical problems
  • Poor school performance

Warning signs that someone needs help

  • Noticeable changes in eating and sleeping habits
  • Unexplained, or unusually severe, violent or rebellious behavior
  • Talking or hinting about suicide
  • Obsession with death (in music, poetry, artwork)
  • Irritability
  • Alcohol and/or drug use or abuse
  • Isolation
  • Giving away possessions or suddenly making a will
  • Feeling sad, depressed, or hopeless
  • Finalizing personal affairs
  • Co-workers, Family, and friends are concerned
  • Running away
  • Unusual neglect in appearance
  • Drastic mood swings
  • Withdrawal from peers
  • Physical complaints that are not real
  • Others stating that the individual is acting different

How to Help


  • Ask the question directly and stay calm. For example:
    • "Are you thinking of killing yourself?"
    • "Do you want to die?"
    • "Do you wish you were dead?"
    • "Have you thought of how you could kill yourself?"
  • Talk openly about suicide. Be willing to listen and allow the person to express feelings
  • Care

    • Care for the person. He or she may be in pain
    • Remove any means that could be used for self-injury
    • Active listening may produce relief. Calmly control the situation; do not use force
    • Encourage the person to seek help
    • Reassure the Family member that he or she will be helped and will feel better


    • Never leave your Family member or friend alone if you suspect them of suicide
    • Escort him or her to the emergency room, primary care provider, behavioral health professional, or Unit Chaplain
    • Adopt an attitude that you are going to help your Family member or friend; this will save his or her life

    Crisis Response - Korea

    •On Post
    - Call DSN 911 or Cell 031-690-7911
    - Report to TMC 24/7 - medic can contact BH provider on call
    - Medical emergencies: off-post Emergency Room

    •Off post emergencies: 119
    •Korea-Wide Suicide Crisis Lifeline (for USFK):
    - DSN 118 or Cell 0808-555-118
    • Suicide Hotline (Military & Veteran)
    - 050-3337-4673 (Press 1) (online chat)

    Emergency Numbers

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    Current Korea Date/Time: Tuesday, December 11, 2018,  3:38:38 PM.
    Korea Wide Suicide Prevention Hotline TEL
    Local Emergency Services TEL
    2ID Chaplain TEL
    Military Police Camp Humphreys TEL
    Military Police Camp Casey TEL
    Military Police Camp Red Cloud TEL
    On Post Emergency Services TEL

    * These numbers are reachable 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

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