Suicide Prevention continues to be a work in progress to reduce the loss of life and consequent devastation to Soldier’s families. Since 2009, the U.S. Army has waged war on suicide with educational presentations, command involvement, and intervention awareness training.
Early in the campaign to educate all personnel of the warning signs of suicide, the primary intervening authorities were Chaplains, Command Teams or Medical personnel. A major impact of that awareness elevation has been the rank of Soldiers directly involved in reporting or intervening in a potential suicidal incident due to the increased trainings. Over the past few years, when scanning “the serious incident reports”, it is noted that most often now, we see interventions and reporting by mid-level and peer level Soldiers who recognize the warning signs of an impending suicide of a peer, and also have the information about where to get help.
This success story is the rationale behind continuing suicide prevention outreach to all Soldiers, spouses, family members and arming them with the knowledge to regonize warning signs and how to help intervene.
The U.S. Army is once again promoting this awareness in September. At Fort Greely we will have posters placed throughout the installation and ACE Training will continue to be provided by the ASAP Program Manager throughout the month of September. 10 September an informational table will be set up at the Post Chapel and various other public sites around Fort Greely. Literature and giveaways will be available.
The culmination of Suicide Prevention Month “The Month of the Military Family” will be the message that “one is too many” and that the Army Values of family and “leave no Soldier behind” will be evident in our celebration of Army Strong protective factors.
ASAP Program Manager
Bldg 702, Room 8
Fort Greely, AK 99731