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: Wednesday, May 12, 2021,  4:29:37 PM.
    Korea Wide Suicide Prevention Hotline TEL
    Local Emergency Services TEL
    2ID Chaplain TEL
    Military Police Camp Humphreys TEL
    Military Police Camp Casey TEL
    On Post Emergency Services TEL

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

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