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Lifesaving Advice: Preventing Military Suicides

Monday, Sep 9, 2013  |  Updated 8:56 PM PDT
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Lifesaving Advice: Preventing Military Suicides

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September is National Suicide Prevention month. With military suicides more than doubling since 2001, Naval Medical Center San Diego offers this advice.

What to look for:

  • Distress-related behaviors
  • Relationship problems
  • Financial problems
  • Work and legal problems
  • Substance abuse problems
  • Transitions (retirement, PCS, discharge, etc.)

Major warning signs:

  • Talking about killing or harming oneself
  • Talking or writing about death or dying
  • Seeking out things that could be used to hurt oneself, such as weapons, alcohol or drugs

If you think a staff member is considering suicide, remember to ACT:

  • Ask: Are you thinking about hurting or killing yourself?
  • Care: Listen and let your shipmates know that they are not alone.
  • Treat: Get your shipmates help ASAP and never leave them alone.

(Source: Naval Medical Center San Diego)

Links to Department of Defense Resources:

Navy Suicide Prevention Web site

Veterans Crisis Line: 1-800-273-8255

Defense Suicide Prevention

Military One Source

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