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Suicide Prevention

Suicide Prevention

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

  • 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

Escort

  • 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

Emergency Numbers

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Area I Suicide Prevention Hotline 99-010-3762-0457
Area II Suicide Prevention Hotline 737-4673
Area III Suicide Prevention Hotline 753-7657
Division Family Life Chaplain 99-010-6365-3962
Fire Station 732-6617
Local Emergency Services 99-119
Military Police Camp Casey730-4417
Military Police Camp Red Cloud732-6693
Military Police Camp Stanley732-5310
On Post Emergency Services 911

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

Useful Links

American Association for Suicidology

Army Behavioral Health

Deputy Chief of Staff, G-1, Suicide Prevention Website

Military OneSource (MOS)

National Strategy for Suicide Prevention

Suicide Prevention Action Network (SPAN)

Suicide Prevention Lifeline

Suicide Awareness Voices of Education

Tragedy Assistance Program for Survivors (TAPS)