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The Army Substance Abuse Program and Suicide Prevention training at White Sands Missile Range looks much different this year. Instead of PowerPoint presentations, ASAP has a schedule of experiences people can attend to qualify as training. Take 5 to Save Lives is the program's name and the intent is to have people learn about the five steps they can take to prevent suicide.

Stamp number three, 'Do' or 'Practice Self-Care,' was given out on Sept. 21 at Bell Gym. Gymtimidation: Abdominal Workout was the class's name, where the trained staff instructed abdominal workouts for attendees.

The gym class was so popular that the gym staff broke down the training into half-hour appointments making the activity a more relaxed setting with smaller groups. The next Gymtimidation in October will focus on the lower body.

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Sandra Class, ASAP Program Manager at White Sands Missile Range and a Department of Defense Suicide Prevention Recognition Recipient for the Army in recognition of her Suicide Prevention efforts, is leading this innovative training. The five steps are as follows:

1.    Learn the Signs: Take a few moments to learn the warning signs of suicide.

2.    Know How to Help: Know what to say and do if someone is struggling.

3.    Practice Self-Care: Make mental wellness a priority in your life.

4.    Reach Out: Help is available, and recovery is possible.

5.    Spread the Word: Tell at least five people about Take Five.

"What we've done is combine ASAP Substance Abuse and Suicide Prevention training. It is based on the Take 5 To Save Lives campaign. Step number three is practice self-care," said Sandra Class. "We put the gym, yoga, health classes, and other self-care activities as the training for step three, to encourage making mental wellness a part of your life."

Class hopes that employees will develop new positive habits by participating in the trainings. She also hopes that supervisors will encourage employees to continue the good habits they learn and to attend multiple classes, even if they already have a stamp for that category.

For more details see the flyer below.

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