By MEDCOMNovember 5, 2009
Army Campaign Plan for Health Promotion, Risk Reduction and Suicide Prevention
What is it'
The Army Campaign Plan for Health Promotion, Risk Reduction and Suicide Prevention (ACPHP) was signed on April 16, 2009 and is executed through the Army Suicide Prevention Task Force with oversight from the Army Suicide Prevention Council, both of which report to the Army Vice Chief of Staff, General Peter W. Chiarelli. The campaign plan takes a holistic approach to suicide prevention by identifying and mitigating those factors most likely to lead to suicidal behavior.
What has the Army done'
Since its establishment, the campaign plan has resulted in more than 160 specific enhancements to Army health promotion, risk reduction and suicide prevention (HPRRSP) programs, policies and resources. These include a re-write of Army Regulation 600-63 (Health Promotion) to provide Army leaders improved guidance for implementing HPRRSP programs at the command, installation and garrison levels; the creation of an Army Knowledge Online (AKO) suicide prevention 'lessons learned' application, similar to that currently found in combat readiness reports, for Army leaders to gain insight into current trends and suicide prevention information, and Army-wide distribution of a pocket-sized Army Suicide Awareness Guide for Leaders. In addition, key Army leaders, care providers and gatekeepers can now attend ASIST (Applied Suicide Prevention Intervention Skills Training) courses offered through LivingWorks, Inc. annex D to the campaign plan also provides installation, garrison and military treatment facility commanders a list of critical actions and tasks they can undertake to immediately confront the problem of suicide in our Army community.
All the campaign plan's objectives are directed toward empowering front-line leaders, individual Soldiers, battle buddies, Army family members and our Army civilians to better recognize the signs of suicidal behavior and implement the 'Ask, Care, Escort' model of intervention.
Why is this important to the Army'
There is no more important Army resource than our Soldiers, their families and our Army civilians. When it comes to suicide prevention, they deserve the kind of effective and concerned leadership that has been an Army hallmark for more than 234 years.
What has the Army planned for the future'
Effective leadership combined with enhanced suicide prevention programs and resources, will allow the Army to reduce the rate of suicide within our community while continuing to enhance the overall physical, behavioral and spiritual health of our force.
More information concerning the Army Campaign Plan for Health Promotion, Risk Reduction and Suicide Prevention
DCOE Outreach Center
Newly revised Army Pamphlet AR 600-63 (Health Promotion)
Army Pamphlet 600-24 (Health Promotion, Risk Reduction and Suicide Prevention)