ARD Introduces New Suicide Prevention Awareness Materials
Suicide prevention awareness materials emphasizes that strength and support can be found in those at your side, such as battle buddies, friends, and Family members. (Photo Credit: Army Resilience Directorate) VIEW ORIGINAL

The Army Resilience Directorate recently released new awareness and prevention materials for the Sexual Harassment/Assault Response and Prevention (SHARP) program and Suicide Prevention Program (SP2). The awareness materials, available in both print and digital format, provide information and resources for sexual assault and suicide prevention.

The new SHARP materials, developed specifically for ROTC and West Point cadets, aim to help prevent sexual harassment and sexual assaults before they occur by providing information to promote a climate that respects the dignity of every member of the Army Family. Resources include an overview of the sexual harassment and sexual assault continuum of harm, steps for bystander intervention, and how to support survivors, as well as contact information for the DoD Safe Helpline and the Army Resilience Directorate website.

The SP2 awareness materials provide information to help build a culture of resilience with engaged leadership that encourages help-seeking behavior and intervention. Messaging emphasizes that strength and support can be found in those at your side, such as battle buddies, friends, and Family members. Resources include information such as learning warning signs, responding to a Soldier in crisis, steps to developing a safety plan, growing connectedness, and how to practice self-care. The materials, including posters, brochures, and banners, can be placed in unit day rooms, gyms, or other high-traffic areas or used as handouts for outreach engagements. The digital downloads can be used in unit newsletters, social media, or in other command information products.

To order or download the awareness materials, register for a free ARD Products on Demand site account here:  https://marcomcentral.app.pti.com/Ironmark/ARDMaterials/. Once inside, find the SHARP and SP2 materials under ‘This Is Our Army.’