The Employee Assistance Center sponsored a Suicide Prevention Walk at the Detroit Arsenal Sept. 14 at 10:00 a.m.

After a good stretch lead by the installation fitness center, participating employees walked the perimeter of the garrison to show their support towards preventing suicide and to help bring awareness. September is Suicide Awareness month.

Acting Deputy Garrison Manager, Carrie Mead addressed the participants. "You make me feel proud of what we have today as far as community and coming out to do this walk," said Mead. "Thank you very much for taking the time. It is a very important issue. Let's look out and take care of each other."

The Army's principle asset is people. The Army recognizes the issue of suicide in the ranks and implemented Applied Suicide Intervention Skills Training. ASIST enables personnel to be able to provide suicide first aid. The ASIST model teaches effective intervention skills while helping to build suicide prevention networks in the community. ASIST participants learn to intervene and help prevent the immediate risk of suicide. The next ASIST course is Sept. 27 and 28.

"We hope that you never have to apply your skills, but in the event that you do - you are ready and well prepared to render assistance to a teammate in crisis," said Herb Thomas Alcohol Drug Control Officer.

The EAC provides many services for the Detroit Arsenal population as well as suicide prevention counseling. They offer a variety of services to include; alcohol/drug problems, stress, anxiety, depression, compulsive gambling, relationship issues, conflict resolution, grief and loss, relapse prevention and other addictive behaviors.

Army Substance Abuse Program and EAC provides these confidential counseling services, information and referrals to active duty service personnel, their family members, retirees, and civilian employees and their dependents. Appointments can be scheduled or potential clients can be seen on a walk-in basis.

The EAC hosts ongoing groups to eliminate self-defeating behavior, reduce stress, manage anger, and improve relationships.

To sign up for ASIST or any of these programs, please contact the ASAP/EAC (586) 282-6808. They are located in Bldg. 230W, Room 1I583-L.