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Army Campaign Plan for Health Promotion, Risk Reduction and Suicide Prevention

SENIOR LEADERS ARE SAYING

"There's no single answer to this problem. This is a holistic problem, with holistic solutions and that's how we're going to approach it with this campaign plan."

- Vice Chief of Staff of the Army Gen. Peter. W. Chiarelli, who is leading the integration of suicide prevention efforts campaign plan

Campaign will take holistic approach to solve suicide problem

WHAT THEY'RE SAYING

Year of the Noncommissioned Officer

"If you are not willing to speak up for wrongdoing, then you are willing to put up with anything and shouldn't complain. We all have to at times do things that are uncomfortable - we have to stand up to stop what is going on."

- Staff Sgt. Leah Sutherland, an NCO with the 211th Regional Support Group at the 1.8-mile walk rally designed to bring awareness and promote a stand against sexual assault by "breaking the silence" during the 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 25th Infantry Division's Take Back the Night rally, April 11

'Take Back the Night' rally brings sexual assault into the spotlight

CALENDAR

2009: Year of the NCO

2009: Year of the Military Family

2009: 100th Anniversary of the Chaplain Assistant

April 2009:

- Sexual Assault Awareness and Prevention Month

- Month of the Military Child

May 2009:

- National Mental Health Month

- Asia Pacific American Heritage Month

- National Military Appreciation Month

May 8, 2009: Military Spouse Day

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TODAY'S FOCUS

Army Campaign Plan for Health Promotion, Risk Reduction and Suicide Prevention

What is it?

The Army's new Campaign Plan for Health Promotion, Risk Reduction and Suicide Prevention will seek to make rapid improvements in the Army's existing health promotion and risk reduction programs, systems, and processes with a goal of reducing suicides and improving the mental, physical and spiritual health of the Army community. The Campaign Plan will be implemented by the Army Vice Chief of Staff’s Suicide Prevention Council which is comprised of representatives from
across the Army staff. In support of the overall campaign plan, the Army Suicide Prevention Council will be empowered to review Army doctrine, organization, training, material, leadership, personnel and facilities that are connected to health promotion, risk reduction and suicide prevention to ensure the Army is optimizing its resources to promote Army wellness.

What has the Army done?

The Army has many programs dedicated both to health promotion, risk reduction and suicide prevention. From the current Suicide Stand-Down and Chain Teach to the establishment of the Army Suicide Prevention Task Force, to increases in behavioral health resources, the Army is engaged in a service-wide effort to combat the rise in suicides within its ranks. The Army Campaign Plan for Health Promotion, Risk Reduction and Suicide Prevention is a comprehensive, multidisciplinary effort to analyze and improve our current programs to ensure they're focused, coordinated and effective.

Why is this important to the Army?

Reducing the incidence of suicide within the Army requires a holistic approach to improving the physical, mental and spiritual health of our Soldiers, families and civilians. Focusing on the resiliency and life-coping skills of our Army family will not only lower suicide rates, it will enhance the quality of life for our entire Army community.

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News Release: Campaign will take holistic approach to solve suicide problem

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