Army Suicide Prevention Awareness 2015
Ready and Resilient Mission
The Army provides Ready and Resilient (R2) capabilities to Commanders and Leaders to enable them to achieve and sustain personal readiness, foster an environment of trust, and optimize human performance in environments of uncertainty and persistent danger.
The Ready and Resilient Campaign integrates and synchronizes multiple efforts and initiatives to improve the readiness and resilience of the Total Army - Soldiers (active duty, Reserve, National Guard), Army civilians and Families. Ready and Resilient will build upon mental, physical, emotional, behavioral and spiritual resilience in our Soldiers, Families and civilians to enhance their ability to manage the rigors and challenges of a demanding profession. At the heart of this initiative is a focus on building the personal as an enabler to achieving enhanced performance, which directly links to the increased readiness of the individual, their unit and the Total Army.
Specifically, Ready and Resilient will...
- Provide comprehensive resilience training for Soldiers, Family members and Army civilians, which develops coping skills and behaviors and increases capability.
- Ensure education about and promotion of preventative measures that encourage self-awareness, deter high-risk behaviors, and support healthy alternatives that produce positive outcomes.
- Develop improved methods to provide leaders and commanders timely and accurate information and metrics to aid them in better identifying "at risk" and "high-risk" Soldiers, enabling early intervention.
- Increase emphasis on leadership involvement, empowerment and accountability to promote help-seeking behavior.
- Produce an enduring cultural change and yield an Army environment that supports and develops its members to perform at their optimum level both personally and professionally, and enables them to overcome setbacks, recover and grow from adversities and thrive on a sustained basis.
- Challenge its members and leaders to embrace and live by the Army profession, values and ethics.
- Produce a supportive Army climate that ensures its members are treated with dignity and respect while sustaining a resilient force.
- Institute a scientific process for measuring success and implementing lessons learned to restructure Army systems and processes to better prioritize resources while promoting resilience throughout the Total Army.
Why Is It Important?
- A healthy mind and body are essential to individual and unit readiness.
- Resilience combines mental, emotional, and physical skills to generate optimal performance (i.e. readiness) - in combat, healing after injury, and in managing work and home life.
- Resilient individuals are better able to bounce back and overcome adversity by leveraging mental and emotional skills and behavior by seeking out training.
- Individual resilience can be built, maintained, and strengthened when viewed as an enduring concept and acquired through regular training.
- Is a skilled professional who lives by the Soldier's creed and Army values.
- Works with strong Army civilian teammates, who embody the same resilient characteristics.
- Is a valued member of the Army team, who treats all with dignity and respect.
- Manages sleep, diet and mind/body conditioning to become stronger and optimize performance.
- Bounces back from adversity to thrive and meet goals and objectives.
- Is self-aware, seeks help when needed and intervenes to help others, treats all with dignity and respect.
- Embraces challenges, solves problems, continuously learns, improves and strengthens.
- Is an essential member of the Army Team
- Is able to thrive and remain strong through deployments, reassignments, and adversity
- Is aware of resources, and willing to seek help for themselves and their Soldier when needed
- Supports other families, connects with their community and makes positive contributions
- Is a skilled professional who lives by the Civilian Corps Creed and Army Values
- Works with strong Army Soldiers to provide stability and continuity during war and peace
- Is a valued member of the Army Team crucial to support military operations and provide full complement to military occupational specialties
- Seeks out training and self development opportunities to strengthen readiness and resilience
- Leads by example, sets and enforces high standards and holds themselves and others accountable
- Establishes a climate that fosters resilience and trust
- Knows their team and equips team members with the skills to achieve missions, overcome challenges and grow
- Teaches, coaches and mentors team members through positive thinking and effective problem solving
- Is well-led and cohesive, with members proud to be part of the Team
- Is trained, resourced and equipped to accomplish assigned tasks and quickly adapt to future missions
- Is comprised of members who provide each other and their families strength and encouragement in all situations and conditions
- Is stronger and more resilient than the sum of its individual parts
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We are committed to every Soldier and our efforts are focused on prevention well before the individual chooses suicide as their only option.
Lt. Gen. Patricia D. Horoho, Army Surgeon General and Commander of the U.S. Army Medical Command
"Research has shown that if you can get Soldiers to get treatment before symptoms become severe then that leads to the best outcome for Soldiers and their families."
Thomas W. Britt
The Clemson University psychology professor facilitated a behavioral health study that aims to create an intervention for Soldiers focused on reducing the stigma of seeking treatment.
We are committed to every Soldier and our efforts are focused on prevention well before the individual chooses suicide as their only option.
Lt. Gen. Patricia D. Horoho, Army Surgeon General and Commander of the U.S. Army Medical Command