Highlights

 


“Beyond Awareness: Inside Guam Army National Guard’s Continuous Suicide Prevention Efforts“

In this episode of our Fireside Chat Series, Dr. Liz Clark, Director of the Defense Suicide Prevention Office, sits down with members of the Guam National Guard, recipients of the Guam Sucicie Prevention Recognition Ceremony, to discuss their continuous efforts to connect with the service member, the family member and the Guam community.

View the Beyond Awareness: Inside Guam Army National Guard’s Continuous Suicide Prevention Efforts

 


2024 Black History Month Fireside Chat

In this episode of our Fireside Chat Series, Dr. Mary Crenshaw, Senior Postvention, Outreach and Engagement Analyst and SGM Yvette Edmonds, Chief Religious Affairs Senior Enlisted Leader / Theater Sustainment Command in Kaiserslautern, Germany, to discuss her outstanding career in the military as an African American female Service member and leader in honor of Black History Month.

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Beyond Awareness: U.S. Army Garrison Rheinland-Pfalz’s Resilience Campaign

In this episode of our Fireside Chat Series, Dr. Liz Clark, Director of the Defense Suicide Prevention Office, engages in a conversation with members of the Army Garrison Rheinland-Pfalz Kaiserslautern, Germany, who were recognized at the Suicide Prevention Awareness Recognition Ceremony. Throughout the episode, they discuss their imaginative campaign to further suicide prevention education and awareness.

View the Beyond Awareness: U.S. Army Garrison Rheinland-Pfalz’s Resilience Campaign Video

 


   Keep the Holidays Bright – Make Safety a Priority

 
 

 Download the 2023 Holiday Lethal Means Safety Flyer

 


   DSPO Quarterly Connection Newsletter: Winter Edition

  This edition is full of helpful information on fighting holiday stress,
  promoting lethal means safety, the Annual Report on Suicide in the Military
  for Calendar Year 2022, and our newest resources

   Read the Newsletter Here


   Learn more about DSPO’s mission to save lives, join your fight, and connect to protect
 

 

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   Fireside Chat: Tragedy Assistance Program for Survivors (TAPS)

 

 

   View the Fireside Chat: Tragedy Assistance Program for Survivors (TAPS)


   Learn about DSPO’s mission to prevent suicide for Service members

 

 

   View DSPO’s new We Defend Our Own PSA


   Fireside Chat with the Family Advocacy Program

 

 

   View the Fireside Chat with the Family Advocacy Program


Maximizing Your Well-being

In this episode of the Mental Health is Health: Maximizing Your Well-being Podcast Series, Senior Research and Program Evaluation Advisor, Dr. Alicia Matteson, and Deputy Commander of the 92nd Operational Medical Readiness Squadron, Lieutenant Colonel Select Jordan Simonson, discuss inclusive health and personnel policies, removing stigma from seeking mental health services by normalizing help-seeking, and how utilizing routines in positive activities is a key to an individual’s well-being.

Listen to the Maximizing Your Well-being Podcast


Navigating Crisis with 988

In this episode of the Mental Health is Health: Maximizing Your Well-being Podcast Series, Dr. Ramya Sundararaman, Deputy Director of the Defense Suicide Prevention Office, talks with Dr. Richard McKeon, Senior Advisor in the 988 and Behavioral Health Crisis Office, about the importance of the 988 Crisis Lifeline about when to use it, and what happens after a call is made.

Listen to the Navigating Crisis with 988 Podcast


A.C.T. to Prevent Suicide Fact Sheet for Parents and Caregivers

Learn to calmly discuss suicide and the importance of open communication by reading the new DSPO/DODEA Acknowledge, Care, Tell (A.C.T.) Fact Sheet. The third fact sheet in our A.C.T. series focuses on helping parents and caregivers approach the topic of suicide in a supportive and sensitive way.

Read A.C.T. Fact Sheet for Parents and Caregivers


Leveraging Chaplain Support Podcast

In this episode of the Mental Health is Health: Maximizing Your Well-being Podcast Series Dr. Dacee Barnard, Senior Advisor of Integrated Primary Prevention of the Defense Suicide Prevention Office, and Michael Bell, U.S. Army chaplain, discuss how chaplains support Service members and their families during challenging times.

Listen to the Episode Here

Hicks Underscores DOD’s Commitment to Suicide Prevention.




Read the full article here

For Immediate Release: Suicide Prevention Recognition Ceremony Honors the Exceptional Efforts to Increase Suicide Prevention Awareness and Engagement.



Read the Press Release Here
 
Making Life Easier with Military OneSource

Join us for this episode of the Mental Health is Health: Maximizing Your Well-being podcast series.  In this episode, Making Life Easier with Military OneSource, Chris Traugott, Senior Policy and Legislative Advisor for the Defense Suicide Prevention Office, sits down with Michelle Aldana, Program Analyst for Military Community Support Programs at Military OneSource to talk about resources such as financial advisement, career coaching, educational assistance and confidential solution-focused non-medical counseling that Military OneSource provides Service members, Reservists, and their families. 


Listen to Making Life Easier with Military OneSource Podcast
 

A.C.T.  to Prevent Suicide Fact Sheet for Older Children
 

Teens and preteens can read this fact sheet to learn steps and resources to protect themselves and their friends by Acknowledging, Caring, and Telling.


Read A.C.T. Fact Sheet

 

Firearm Safety During a Permanent Change of Station
 

Learn about keeping your firearms secure during a permanent change of station with the Firearm Safety During a Permanent Change of Station fact sheet.




Download the Firearm Safety During a Permanent Change of Station Fact Sheet
           
 

Preventing Suicide in the U.S. Military: Recommendations from the Suicide Prevention and Response Independent Review Committee

“In this report, the SPRIRC emphasized that effectively preventing and responding to suicide will require a multifactorial approach, as deaths by suicide among service members are complex; thus, simple or singular strategies will not work.”

 
Click here to review report

 

 

Veteran/Military Crisis Line

The Defense Suicide Prevention Office does not provide crisis services. If you or someone you know is in crisis, contact the Veteran/Military Crisis Line for immediate assistance.

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