2013 STAND DOWN HEALTH PROMOTION, RISK REDUCTION
AND SUICIDE PREVENTION SERVICES AND RESOURCES
The Army strives to provide resources that meet every Army Family member's individual needs as they work to stay resilient. In support of the Stand Down numerous services and resources are available to promote a healthy force, reduce risk and prevent suicide.
American Association of Suicidology (AAS)
- The goal of the American Association of Suicidology (AAS) is to understand and prevent suicide. We accomplish this mission by directing efforts to:
- Advance Suicidology as a science; encouraging, developing and disseminating scholarly work in Suicidology.
- Encourage the development and application of strategies that reduce the incidence and prevalence of suicidal behaviors.
- Compile, develop, evaluate and disseminate accurate information about suicidal behaviors to the public.
- Foster the highest possible quality of suicide prevention, intervention and postvention to the public.
- Publicize official AAS positions on issues of public policy relating to suicide. Promote research and training in Suicidology.
- Additional information can be found at: http://www.suicidology.org/home
Army OneSource (AOS)
- Army One Source (AOS) provides broad based information about programs, services and describes how Soldiers and Families can access and obtain this information regardless of where they reside.
- AOS is a web-based network listing services and programs available to Soldiers and their Families regardless of their component or geographical location. AOS establishes partnerships with sister services to increase and sustain support to those not living near a garrison.
- Soldiers and Family members may access information about programs and services three primary
- traditional brick and mortar establishments at garrisons
- a web-based portal, and
- through partnerships with local community and government organizations
- Information can be accessed at: www.myarmyonesource.com.
- The Army Strong Community Center program was established by the Army Reserve to support Military Members and their Families who live away from the larger military installations where support is readily available. The ASCC aims to connect geographically dispersed Families with support resources in their own community.
- The Army Strong Community Center is an information and referral office dedicated to assisting and supporting Service Members, Retirees, Veterans and Family Members.
- The ASCC serves all branches of the military, active and reserve. There are currently 4 Army Strong Community Center locations in Rochester, NY; Brevard, NC; Coraopolis, PA; and Oregon City, OR.
- Additional Information can found at: www.arfp.org/index.php/programs/army-strong-community-center-ascc.
- The Army Substance Abuse Program (ASAP) is a command program that emphasizes readiness and personal responsibility. The two overarching tenants of the program are prevention and treatment. Program capabilities include education and training, deterrence, identification/detection of drug use, referral, screening, targeted intervention, rehabilitation, and risk reduction.
- The mission of the ASAP is to strengthen the overall fitness and effectiveness of the Army's workforce, to conserve manpower, and to enhance the combat readiness of Soldiers.
- Leaders must ensure proactive surveillance systems are available and risk reduction strategies are in place to reduce the impact of high-risk behaviors on the force. One such system for commanders to assess risk of Soldiers is the Risk Reduction Program (RRP). The RRP tracks 20 high-risk behaviors in the aggregate and displays 14 of those factors in a number of charts/graphs for commanders.
- For more information about the chart and other tools for commanders, visit http://www.acsap.army.mil and go to the ASAP resources tab. Click on Risk Reduction in the drop-down menu.
- The website offers a variety of presentations and links to the tools available to commanders. Contact your local ASAP for training.
- LivingWorks Education is a suicide intervention training company.
- Based upon current knowledge, we believe suicide intervention should be a major part of every community's suicide prevention strategy. A one-on-one relationship between a person at risk and a competent helper represents a unique opportunity of effecting a lifesaving or life-altering change.
- We train community helpers of all kinds to work in this intervention context.
- We offer training programs that range from basic awareness (suicideTALK), to a 3-hour suicide alertness training (safeTALK), a 2-day intervention workshop (ASIST) to a course specifically for counselors and therapists treating those who are at risk for suicide.
- We believe suicide can be prevented and communities made suicide-safer. For more information, please visit our website: www.livingworks.net
Military Crisis Line
The Military Crisis Line offers confidential support to Service Members in crisis or know
a Service member who is. The service is staffed by caring, qualified responders from the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) - many who have served in the Military themselves.
They understand what Service members have been through and the challenges members of the Military and their loved ones face.
- The Military OneSource crisis intervention hotline is a free phone and online service provided by the department of defense for Active-Duty, Guard, And Reserve Service Members (including individual ready reserve members) and their Families.
- Credentialed consultants offer support and practical solutions 24 hours a day, 7 days
a week / 365 days a year through phone or online consultation. The consultants will
assess the caller's needs and provide a referral to health care professionals that can
provide face-to-face follow-up counseling.
- Military OneSource contact information:
From the U.S.: 1-800-342-9647
Outside the U.S.: (Country access code) 800-342-9647 (dial all 11 numbers)
Call collect from outside the U.S.: 484-530-5908
TTY/TTD: 800-346-9188 (hearing impaired)
En español llame al: 1-877-888-0727
National Suicide Prevention Lifeline
- The National Suicide Prevention Lifeline is a toll-free, 24-hour, confidential suicide prevention hotline.
- Services are available to anyone in suicidal crisis or emotional distress. By dialing 1-800-273-TALK (8255), calls are routed to the nearest crisis center in the national network of more than 150 crisis centers.
- The Lifeline's national network of local crisis centers provide crisis counseling and mental health referrals 24-hours a day.
Office of the Chief of Chaplains (OCCH)
- Chaplains provide a unique pastoral perspective and presence, and provide a quick, front-line pastoral response to those experiencing emotional and spiritual distress. They also assist in providing suicide prevention and intervention training, Ask-Care-Escort (ACE) and Applied Skills Intervention Skills Training (ASIST). The Chief of Chaplains confidentiality policy encourages help-seeking behavior from a trusted resource available within the Soldier's own unit.
- Chaplains also respond to failed relationships and isolation, both of which are stressors in suicides, by providing Strong Bonds events.
- Strong Bonds is a unit-based, chaplain-led program for commanders that builds resiliency and readiness through relationship education and skills training, and are available for Families, Couples and Single Soldiers.
- Strong Bonds, "Stronger Relationships mean a Stronger Army"
- Army Chief of Chaplains Website: http://www.chapnet.army.mil/
- Strong Bonds Website: http://www.strongbonds.org
Office of the Judge Advocate General (OTJAG)
- US Army Trial Defense Services provides conflict-free legal services worldwide to Soldiers facing UCMJ or adverse administrative action.
- Communication between a trial defense lawyer and the Soldier-client is confidential. In addition, all Soldiers are entitled to a trial defense lawyer at no cost to the Soldier. The services provided include:
- Representing Soldiers charged with military criminal offenses at trial;
- Representing Soldiers during criminal military investigations and before administrative separation/elimination boards;
- Counseling Soldiers regarding pretrial restraint, non-judicial punishment, and various adverse administrative actions taken pursuant to military regulations.
Adverse legal actions can have a sudden and significant effect in the life of a Soldier, such as loss of money, benefits, privileges, employment, and liberty. As a result, Soldiers facing adverse legal actions may show signs of depression, hopelessness, or suicidal ideations because of their adverse legal actions. A trial defense lawyer can discuss and assist Soldiers with their adverse legal action.
Office of the Provost Marshal General (OPMG)
- Army Law Enforcement (LE) provides Commanders with a professional, fully trained and responsive cadre of Military Police (MPs) and Department of the Army Civilian Police (DACPs), along with the specialized investigative capability of the Criminal Investigation Division (CID), to protect and safeguard Soldiers, Department of the Army Civilians and Families while delivering the highest quality LE services to our communities.
- For LE assistance, contact your local Provost Marshal/Director of Emergency Services or, in the event of emergency, call 911.
Office of the Surgeon General (OTSG) – Behavioral Health Providers
- The Army's Public Health Institute's Behavioral and Social Health Outcomes Program mission is to apply the Public Health process to behavioral health issues by conducting systematic surveillance and in-depth analysis of suicide and other behavioral health outcomes. This includes deploying behavioral health epidemiological consultation (EPICON) teams to evaluate and characterize outcomes through population-based studies, conducting public health surveillance activities, disseminating information that assists in identifying behavioral health threats and provide the basis for preventive action and focus in the areas of behavioral and social outcomes.
- Public Health Command Website: http://phc.amedd.army.mil/topics/healthyliving/bh/Pages/default.aspx
- The Real Warriors Campaign is a multimedia public awareness campaign designed to encourage help-seeking behavior among service members, veterans and military families coping with invisible wounds.
- Launched by the Defense Centers of Excellence for Psychological Health and Traumatic Brain Injury (DCoE) in 2009, the campaign is an integral part of the Defense Department's overall effort to encourage Warriors and Families to seek appropriate care and support for psychological health concerns.
- The campaign also features stories of real service members who reached out for psychological support or care with successful outcomes, including learning coping skills, maintaining their security clearance and continuing to succeed in their military or civilian careers. Visit: http://www.realwarriors.net/multimedia/profiles.php
- You can also find suicide prevention articles on the campaign's website, such as:
- The campaign features a variety of strategies including outreach and partnerships, print materials, media outreach, an interactive website, mobile website and social media.
- To supplement your psychological health resources, visit our online shopping cart to download or order Real Warriors Campaign materials free of charge: http://realwarriors.net/materials
- Additional information can be found at: www.realwarriors.net.
Suicide Prevention Resource Center (SPRC)
- The SPRC's mission is to train service providers, educators, health professionals, public officials, and community-based coalitions to develop effective suicide prevention programs and policies. SPRC's online courses are listed below. All courses are available free of charge and can be completed at your own pace.
- Counseling on Access to Lethal Means (CALM) Choosing and Implementing a Suicide Prevention Gatekeepers Program The Research Evidence for Suicide as a Preventable Public Health Issue
- Additional information can be found at: http://training.sprc.org/
The intent of the "terrain walk" for suicide prevention is to link leaders and their Soldiers with posts, camps, and stations activities and agencies that support Health Promotion, Risk Reduction, Suicide Prevention and Comprehensive Soldier and Family Fitness (CSF2) resources and services to our Army Family (e.g. ASPP, ASAP, Behavioral Health, Soldier Centers, Family Life Chaplain, Command Chaplain, Military and Family Life Consultants, ACS, CSF2 Centers, Employee Assistance Program, etc). The "terrain walk" should not be taken lightly or done on the cheap. This is the Commander's tool to place his/her leaders, and Soldiers and Civilians on the battlefield against suicide, to reinforce shared experience and build unit spirit.
Transition Assistance Program
- The Transition Assistance Program (TAP) was established to meet the needs of separating service members during their period of transition into civilian life by offering job-search assistance and related services.
- The law creating TAP established a partnership among the Departments of Defense, Veterans Affairs, Transportation and the Department of Labor's Veterans' Employment and Training Service (VETS), to give employment and training information to armed forces members within 180 days of separation or retirement
- TAP helps service members and their spouses make the initial transition from military service to the civilian workplace with less difficulty and at less overall cost to the government.
- TAP consists of comprehensive three-day workshops at selected military installations nationwide. Workshop attendees learn about job searches, career decision-making, current occupational and labor market conditions, and resume and cover letter preparation and interviewing techniques. Participants also are provided with an evaluation of their employability relative to the job market and receive information on the most current veterans' benefits.
Transition Assistance Online
- TAOnline.com, is the largest source of transition assistance information, jobs, and tools for today's separating military. On this career site for military veterans, service members can find the resources needed to transition from their much appreciated military service, to the perfect civilian career.
- TAOnline.com, one of the very first e-recruiting sites for the hundreds of thousands of job seekers from the military community (active service members, veterans, DoD civilians, spouses, family members and others), has successfully placed military talent in civilian jobs for close to decade. Founded by former military personnel, TAOnline.com has been recognized by industry experts as a leader in providing veteran jobs.
- For additional information visit: http://www.taonline.com/tapoffice/
The Veterans Crisis Line is being promoted throughout the Army as the primary crisis line. It connects those in crisis with qualified, caring Department of Veterans Affairs responders, many of whom are Veterans themselves, for assistance with issues such as chronic pain, anxiety, depression, sleeplessness, suicide, and more. Services are available at 1-800-273-TALK (8255), Press 1, or chat online at http://www.VeteransCrisisLine.net for free, confidential support 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year.
- Vets4Warriors provide 24/7 confidential peer support, information, and referrals for all National Guard and Reserve service members.
- Support can be obtained by calling toll-free: 1-855-838-8255 (1-855-VET-TALK) is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week .
- Additional information can be found at: www.vets4warriors.com.
Yellow Ribbon Reintegration Program
The Yellow Ribbon Reintegration Program is a DoD-wide effort to promote the well-being of National Guard and Reserve members, their families and communities, by connecting them with resources throughout the deployment cycle. Through Yellow Ribbon events, service members and loved ones connect with local resources (i.e., health care, education/training opportunities, financial, and legal benefits) available before, during, and after deployments. Additional information can be obtained at: http://www.yellowribbon.mil/.