Army approves new suicide prevention plan
The Army is unveiling a new plan, approved by Army Vice Chief of Staff Gen. Peter W. Chiarelli after recent visits to a half dozen American military bases where he spoke to commanders and staff who care for soldiers and their families.
The new plan would include:
- Hiring more mental health workers.
- Tightening drug testing and health screening protocols.
- Putting back in place other long-standing procedures that haven’t been enforced during recent years because of the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq.
Suicide statistics-January through March, 2009
Suicides rose to a reported 56 — 22 confirmed and 34 (under investigation/pending confirmation. These figures compare with 140 for all of last year, also a record at the time.
The new plan includes regular conference calls with commanders around the world who would report on suicides in their region and discuss intervention tools in order to learn how they might prevent more suicides.
Improve readiness through the development and enhancement of the Army Suicide Prevention Program policies designed to minimize suicide behavior; thereby preserving mission effectiveness through individual readiness for Soldiers, their Families, and Department of the Army civilians.
Suicide prevention resources –
• “Shoulder to Shoulder: No Soldier Stands Alone”, a Suicide Prevention video is available. (AKO Login/Access required)
• Military OneSource 1-800-342-9647
• Suicide Prevention Lifeline (.org) – 1-800-273-TALK (8255)
Tips on how to help.
Resources- to help Marines and their families handle problems before they become overwhelming issues. While they may not seem directly related to suicide prevention, they are! The number one issue among suicidal Marines is a personal relationship problems, along with financial and legal problems. By attending classes and utilizing resources listed here Marines and family members can learn how to take control of their problems and get back on track, before suicide seems like the only answer.
National Guard Virtual Armory- Suicide Prevention Mission
To improve readiness through the development and enhancement of the Army National Guard Suicide Prevention Program policies designed to minimize suicide behavior; thereby preserving mission effectiveness through individual readiness for Soldiers, DA civilians and their families.
AIR FORCE- Air Force Suicide Prevention Program
“Airborne, All the Way!”