Army Suicide Prevention Tools for Commanders and Soldiers

Thursday September 4, 2008

What is it?

The Army's suicide prevention 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.

The Army has placed special emphasis on first-line leaders being empowered to plan and implement education, awareness, and training programs to enhance intervention skills. That way, Soldiers, family members and DA civilians can better recognize stressors such as failed relationships, legal and financial problems and occupational and operational issues that can contribute to suicidal behavior.

What is the Army doing?

The Center for Health Promotion and Preventive Medicine (CHPPM) offers a range of educational and awareness products and tools to assist commanders and Soldiers with suicide prevention training. These include the widely touted ACE intervention card, a pocket-size reminder of buddy assistance tips; a half-dozen posters in addition to the new one; Army-sanctioned leader and Soldier training briefs and supplemental training aids; and information for family members.

How important is this program to the Army?

The Army's Suicide Prevention Program is part of a larger effort to effect change in how leaders and Soldiers view behavioral health care in general. This behavioral health strategy is centered on whole life fitness and is designed to better prepare Soldiers to cope with the challenges of daily life as well as during times of intense stress.

Resources:

Army G-1 Suicide Prevention Web site

Army Center for Health Promotion/Preventive Medicine

Suicide Prevention

Behavioral Health Web site

Battlemind

INFORMATION YOU CAN USE

- 2008 Strategic Communication Guide - Read the 2008 Army Strategic Communication Guide for key messages and updates

- Strategic Communication Coordination Group (SCCG) Workspace

- Army Public Affairs Portal

- Stories of Valor

- Speaker's Toolkit

A CULTURE OF ENGAGEMENT

The Army Community Relations Calendar

Bloggers Roundtable

Soldiers help battle California wildfires

SOCIAL NETWORKING

NEWS ABOUT THE ARMY

  • Interactive DVD among new tools to prevent suicides (ARNews)
  • Army Experience Center opens in Philadelphia (ARNews)
  • Guard, Corps of Engineers continue work following Gustav (ARNews)
  • Apache crew chiefs get rare chance to fly (ARNews)

WAR ON TERROR NEWS

  • U.S. forces launch ground assault inside Pakistan (PI)
  • U.S. confirms raid inside Pakistan (AT)
  • Zardari says global terror Pakistan's priority (WP)
  • Audio: Iraq paramilitary group targeted, despite success (LAT)
  • TV official: U.S. military arrests cameraman in Iraq (LVS)
  • Iraq reports 7 killed by U.S. friendly fire (LAT)
  • General: U.S. forces to up Afghan winter ops (AT)

OF INTEREST

  • A conscientious objector's journey (II)
  • EPA kills controversial Yazoo Pumps Flood Control Project (EN)
  • Long deployments can fray faithful ties (MT)
  • Need structure? Army and Navy Academy offers structure and motivation to teens (BG)

WORLD VIEW

  • U.S. condemns Russia over Georgia (BBC | Story)
  • Talks resume on U.S.-India nuclear technology deal (GRD | Story)
  • Pakistanis furious over U.S.-led border raid (IHT | Story)
  • Opinion: The Pakistan army still controls governance (DM | Story)

WHAT'S BEING SAID IN BLOGS

  • Robo chopper learns by watching (Wired)
  • IRobot wins open-ended, $200m Army contract: Could extend beyond Packbot (XC)
  • Army engineers check out levee system (WSJ)
  • Russia & Georgia - another viewpoint (DW)

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Events

Aug. 31-Sept. 7, 2008: Armed Forces Voter Week:

- Army Voting Assistance Web site

- Federal Voting Assistance Program Web site

September 2008: National Preparedness Month

Sept. 2, 2008: Post World War II Japan

Sept. 7, 2008: Freedom Walk

Sept. 7-13, 2008: National Suicide Prevention Week

Sept. 11, 2008: Patriot Day

Sept. 18, 2008: National Preparedness Awareness Day

SENIOR LEADERS ARE SAYING

"Suicide prevention, like all leadership challenges, is a commander's program and every leader's responsibility. However, the success of the Army Suicide Prevention Program rests upon proactive, caring, and courageous people who recognize the imminent danger and then take immediate action to save a life. Suicide prevention is everybody's business in the Army."

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

Army G-1, Commanders Tool Kit

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