SUICIDE PREVENTION RESOURCES
Compiled by Chaplain Ed Paul
First, try calling Fort Family. 24/7 Assistance: 866-345-8248 or 844-663-3269
Fort Family provides a single gateway to responsive Family Crisis Assistance, available 24/7, 365 days a year for all USAR Soldiers. It provides a unit and community based solution to connect people to people. By pinpointing Families-in-need and local community resources, the AR can quickly connect the Soldier Family and resources thus providing installation-commensurate services in the geographic location of the crisis.
211.org. list of community services in times of Soldier and Family crisis and/or emergency. 211.org is an excellent web site for local services and community support organizations.
Give an Hour. Harnesses the skill, expertise and generosity of volunteer mental health professionals across the country to serve Soldiers in need. You can find a provider online at https://giveanhour.org/get-help/
Army Community Service.
Army Publishing Directorate published an expedited revision of AR 608-1 which incorporates expanded access to ACS policy for ARNG and USAR Soldiers. The new AR 608-1 policy states “Members of the ARNG and USAR and their identification card eligible Family members are eligible for full access to installation ACS service while on an active duty and during the first year post mobilization, after which time, and for so long as the Soldier remains a member of the ARNG or USAR, eligibility is retained on a space available basis.”
Hospital and Family Life USAR CHs. USARC has a list of CHs who have the 7R (Hospital) and/or 7K (Family Life) Skill Identifier. If you (the Chaplain) would like to consult with such a Chaplain for guidance and assistance in this regard, please contact your Command Chaplain.
BeThere Peer Support Call and Outreach Center. 844-357-PEER (7337). Text 480-360-6188. Chat online: https://www.BeTherePeerSupport.org 24/7/365. The Department of Defense BeThere Peer Support Center provides resources and support for everyday problems to our Active Duty, National Guard, Reserves and the Family members. The center staffs Veterans and military spouses as peer specialists who answer calls with compassion drawn from their own military-life experience.
The Battle Buddy App.
The USAR Battle Buddy application for smart phones, a free download for both iPhone and Android platforms, is an under-utilized resource in the fight against Soldier Suicide. It serves as a quick reference on several helpful topics, to include Domestic Violence, Sexual Assault, Emotional Trauma, Financial Crisis, and Suicidal Ideations. The app will dial the Fort Family Suicide Hotline with the press of a button. It also will walk a Battle Buddy through the Ask/Care/Escort (ACE) protocol and provides valuable follow-on resources. Recommend widest dissemination of the Battle Buddy app across the USAR via STRACOM, and that its availability and use be incorporated into ACE Training throughout the institutional and operational domains.
P3O. If you have a USAR Soldier who is unemployed or underemployed, contact your nearest Private-Public Partnership Office (P3O)
National Suicide Prevention Lifeline: 800-273-TALK (8255)
Healthy Mind and Healthy Body: Suicide Prevention Guide from White Sands Treatment Center
Additional Various Good Resources:
vets4warriors.com 855-838-8255, 24/7/365 including holidays and weekends for service members and their families. There is no “press one” or being on hold for an extended period of time. An actual veteran will answer the phone call.
Finally, Soldiers or military family members can call military one source for help anytime day or night for any issue whatsoever at 800-342-9647 or visit Military One Source
I pray the above military suicide prevention resources help you.
Lastly, if you know of any good resources, please comment and share them here.