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1 Honor – Duty – Respect FOR TRAINING USE ONLY Suicide Awareness & Prevention SY Current as of: 18 Nov

2 Honor – Duty – Respect FOR TRAINING USE ONLY Same Ol’ Same Ol’ ??? 2 Video 1 “Warning Signs” Link (1+20 & 0+28) Video 2 “Best Friend” Link (1+08) SSG Kevin Allen story Link to videos at: 4a0f193921/?state=s1eauyvgJFcIe4feWTol#?state=JhRD6Jy4Ook5jSuOhDhg&_suid=178 4a0f193921/?state=s1eauyvgJFcIe4feWTol#?state=JhRD6Jy4Ook5jSuOhDhg&_suid=178

3 Honor – Duty – Respect FOR TRAINING USE ONLY Same Ol’ Same Ol’… Brothers: Army SSG Kevin Allen; former AF Airman Jason Allen Both “veterans” of annual Suicide Awareness & Prevention training Kevin: “I have to be honest. I couldn’t have cared less about the training. And nobody in the room could. We sat through it every single year.” In 2009, Kevin was concerned about his brother but took no action…he wanted to intervene, but he wasn’t sure how… A week later Jason killed himself

4 Honor – Duty – Respect FOR TRAINING USE ONLY There is no silver bullet to prevention We cannot be complacent Suicide awareness & prevention is: A leadership thing An action thing (A-C-E)(Ask-Care-Escort) 4 Bottom Line Up Front

5 Honor – Duty – Respect FOR TRAINING USE ONLY Purpose Learn how leaders and peers might create a command climate that is both suicide aware & committed to prevention Know how to ASK-CARE-ESCORT Corps Leading the Corps 5

6 Honor – Duty – Respect FOR TRAINING USE ONLY Lineup The problem Power of we, us, our Resources – personal & on-campus help Role play 6

7 Honor – Duty – Respect FOR TRAINING USE ONLY The Problem --The Headlines-- “According to the Pentagon, there were 349 confirmed suicides in 2012, compared with 310 U.S. combat deaths in Afghanistan in the same period.” 1 NPR (Jun ‘13) Suicide Rate Rose During Recession, Study Finds (Nov ‘12)www.NYTimes.com 7 1

8 Honor – Duty – Respect FOR TRAINING USE ONLY The Problem --The Statistics 2 -- Suicide is third leading cause of death among persons aged years Among 15- to 24-year olds, suicide accounts for 20% of all deaths annually Among 15- to 24-year olds, there are approximately attempts for every completed suicide 8 2 All facts for CDC website:

9 Honor – Duty – Respect FOR TRAINING USE ONLY The Problem --The Challenge-- Half suicides in military are troops who never saw war Other factors include relationships, drugs & alcohol, or money problems “Suicide is not like food poisoning, where you find out what is in the salad bar and you go and remove the tuna salad” 3 No single demographic, no sure-fire criteria 9 3 Michael Schoenbaum, Nat’l Institute of Mental Health, quoted in

10 Honor – Duty – Respect FOR TRAINING USE ONLY How to Deal with the Big Unknown, “Suicide” What do the commander and NCO offer as solutions? 10 Play “Leadership” Video (4+15) Link to video at: 4a0f193921/?state=s1eauyvgJFcIe4feWTol#?state=JhRD6Jy4Ook5jSuOhDhg&_suid=178 4a0f193921/?state=s1eauyvgJFcIe4feWTol#?state=JhRD6Jy4Ook5jSuOhDhg&_suid=178

11 Honor – Duty – Respect FOR TRAINING USE ONLY We, Us, Our Know each other Create positive, helpful climate/culture Know where to get help 11 “If we get to the point -- and we're trying -- where young men and women trust each other enough that if they feel these impulses, that they will approach a battle buddy or wingman or shipmate -- whatever we happen to call them - - with their fears, their anxieties, their stresses, and that the battle buddy cares enough about them to trust the chain of command to deal with them, then I think we'll make a difference.”— General Martin E. Dempsey, CJCS, 25 Sep 12

12 Honor – Duty – Respect FOR TRAINING USE ONLY Growing Trust Know your people Set the tone – personally & routinely –Particularly the leaders Validate the experts 12

13 Honor – Duty – Respect FOR TRAINING USE ONLY What’s “Not Quite Right” Look Like… Appearing sad all the time Withdrawing from family and friends Feeling hopeless/helpless Feeling strong anger or rage Feeling trapped Feeling excessive guilt or shame Experiencing dramatic mood changes Abusing drugs or alcohol 13 Exhibiting change in personality Acting impulsively/recklessly Losing interest in most activities Change in eating habits Change in sleep habits Performing poorly in school Giving away prized possessions Talking about death or suicide

14 Honor – Duty – Respect FOR TRAINING USE ONLY Dealing with “Not Quite Right”… PERSONAL Build personal resiliency (mental, social, physical, spiritual) Trust someone enough to reach out ANOTHER ASK –I’m concerned about you. What’s going on? –How can I help you? –Are you thinking about suicide? CARE –Stay and be calm; don’t be judgmental ESCORT –Get escort assistance 14

15 Honor – Duty – Respect FOR TRAINING USE ONLY Campus Resources Roommate, classmate, other cadet…THEN Cadet Chain of Command, including HAT Tactical Officer Infirmary (24/7) Counseling Center Campus Ministry Team or Chaplain Trusted Faculty or Staff member Public Safety Officer in Charge (at night) Who is Your Go-To, Personal Resource? 15 A-ASKC-CAREE-Escort

16 Honor – Duty – Respect FOR TRAINING USE ONLY Role Play 16 Four role players: CO or 1SG; HAO or HA NCO; cadet in distress; cadet confidante Scenario 1: in the barracks during daylight hours Scenario 2: in barracks after ESP ROE: – Goal is to work through ASK-CARE-ESCORT steps, with particular emphasis on WHERE and HOW to escort – Goal is not to focus on the specific “issue” for the cadet in distress

17 Honor – Duty – Respect FOR TRAINING USE ONLY Important Numbers There are resources on campus if you need help Counseling Center Office Hours: Monday through Friday 8:00 am to 4:30 pm. If you need help after these hours, call the Infirmary. They can contact the Counseling Center. Officer-in-Charge Law Barracks – Murray Barracks – Padgett Thomas Barracks – Stevens Barracks – Watts Barracks – Infirmary Officer-of-the-Day (Cadet) Cell Phone – Ombudspersons Major Robert Pickering Work Phone: Cell Phone: Major Elizabeth Connor Work Phone: Cell Phone: National Suicide Hotline – TALK Your Personal Contact:__________________ 17

18 Honor – Duty – Respect FOR TRAINING USE ONLY BACKUP SLIDES 18

19 Honor – Duty – Respect FOR TRAINING USE ONLY What warning signs or symptoms presented in the vignette indicated that the Cadet was experiencing problems? What courses of actions could you have taken to help this Cadet? What are some barriers, attitudes, and problems that Cadets might face from leaders when asking for help? Who could you have referred this Cadet to for help? What problems do you have as leaders in dealing with Cadets who exhibit behavioral and emotional problems? Vignette Questions 19


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