Suicide Prevention is an all hands evolution, all of the time. Everyone can make a difference and contribute to suicide prevention at any time.
Consider what you would do if you or someone else were struggling to cope with a personal crisis.
Risk factors identified by annual Navy Cross Disciplinary Case Reviews and the Centers for Disease Control include:
- Easy access to lethal means (methods of suicide with especially high fatality rates)
- Relationship issues (divorce, separation, break-up)
- Transitions (retirement, PCS, discharge, etc.)
- Current or pending disciplinary or legal action
- Financial problems
- Academic, career or personal setbacks
- Perceived rejection, abandonment or loss of status
- Physical or psychological health issues (sleep deprivation, medical condition, etc.)
- Severe or prolonged stress
- History of alcohol and/or substance abuse
- History of previous suicide attempts
- Barriers to accessing psychological health treatment
- Family history of suicide or violence
- Sexual or physical abuse
- Traumatic experience
- Death of a close friend or family member
1. Centers for Disease Control. Suicide: Risk and Protective Factors (2015, August 28). Retrieved from http://www.cdc.gov/violenceprevention/suicide/riskprotectivefactors.html
Warning Signs of Suicidal Behavior
What You Can Do
Ask - Ask your shipmate directly "are you
thinking about killing yourself? Do you have a plan to kill yourself?"
Care - Tell your shipmate that you're concerned about him or her, without judgment. They may not show it, but they likely appreciate that someone cared enough to say something.
Treat - Take your shipmate to get help immediately by seeking a Navy chaplain, medical professional or trusted leader. Call 911 if danger is imminent. Help is available 24/7 through the Military Crisis Line. Call 1-800-273-TALK (Option 1), text 838255 from a mobile device or visit www.militarycrisisline.net.
Suicide Prevention Resources:
Navy Suicide Awareness and Prevention offers numerous resources on suicide prevention from Navy Personnel Command
National Suicide Prevention Lifeline: 1-800-273-TALK and online, providing 24/7, free and confidential support for people in distress, prevention and crisis resources for you or your loved ones, and best practices for professionals.
Fleet and Family Support Center Directory, including centers address, phone number, and webpage link of the listed regions.
Chaplain Care is a service that connects you to a chaplain.
Military OneSource: 1-800-342-9647 and online, helps service members find numerous resources to achieve their goals.
National Resource Directory highlights programs for our military, veterans, and families.
Navy and Marine Corps Public Health Center: Suicide Prevention offers valuable resources for Sailors and Marines who need a helping hand.
Navy Personnel Command Suicide Prevention: http://www.public.navy.mil/bupers-npc/support/21st_Century_Sailor/suicide_prevention/Pages/default.aspx
Substance Abuse and Mental Health Service Administration: https://www.samhsa.gov/suicide-prevention