Army Observes Suicide Prevention Week in September

Monday August 25, 2008

What is it?

The Army remains committed to the safety and well-being of its Soldiers, civilians and families by joining the nation and the Department of Defense in observing National Suicide Prevention Week from Sept. 7-13, 2008, and World Suicide Prevention Day on Sept 10, 2008. The Army National Guard and Army Reserve will observe Suicide Prevention Month from Sept. 6 through Oct. 5 to allow more time for training and awareness programs.

The Army's theme this year is "Shoulder-to-shoulder: No Soldier stands alone." This theme conveys the idea that Soldiers are stronger together, especially when times are tough.

Each year, the Army brings increased focus to its Suicide Prevention program during the national observance of Suicide Prevention Week by emphasizing training, care, support and services available to Soldiers and families to prevent suicidal behavior.

What is the Army doing?

Army leaders at all levels are asked to plan, coordinate and execute suicide prevention education, awareness and training programs this week and throughout the year. First line leaders are empowered to make their units, installations and communities a suicide prevention-aware environment for Soldiers, families and DA civilians.

The Center for Health Promotion and Preventive Medicine (CHPPM) has developed suicide awareness briefings for both leaders and Soldiers. These include scenario-driven training and lessons learned. The ACE (Ask, Care and Escort) card, a great training aid and reminder on warning signs and risk factors, is also available from the site and should be carried by every Soldier. The card is also available from your local Training and Audiovisual Support Center.

How important is this program to the Army?

The Army takes suicide prevention very seriously. We are honor bound to ensure we do everything possible to identify those at risk and intervene to provide needed care. We will never leave a fallen comrade.

Army leaders will do all they can to insure that the stigma of seeking behavioral health care is erased. In fact, seeking care will become a sign of strength.


Training Resources:

Army G-1 Suicide Prevention Web site

Army Center for Health Promotion/Preventive Medicine

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Behavioral Health Web site

Battlemind Web site


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"The loss of any American Soldier's life is a great tragedy and a matter of concern, regardless of the cause, and in the case of suicide, as an Army we are committed to providing prevention and intervention resources."

- Lt. Gen. Michael D. Rochelle, deputy chief of staff G-1, U.S. Army


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