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Advances holistic, data-driven suicide prevention in our military community through policy, oversight, and engagement to positively impact individual beliefs and behaviors, as well as instill systemic culture change.
Unwavering pursuit of a mission-ready, suicide-free military community.
Holistic; Innovative; Data-Driven, Collaborative; Integrity
Data Surveillance: Serve as the authoritative source for suicide data in the DoD.
Program Assessment: Evaluate the effectiveness and strategic integration of suicide prevention programs and research throughout DoD.
Advocacy: Serve as a lead change agent and champion for all suicide prevention efforts with our internal and external partners.
Policy Oversight: Serve as the primary originator and coordinator of suicide prevention policy throughout the DoD.
Outreach & Education: Advance the field of suicide prevention through strategic partnerships, targeted messaging, and evidenced-based training.
The White pillars represent the values of the organization; Transparency, Data-Driven, Evidence-Based, Participatory Approach, and Whole-of-Life Approach. Their interlocking symbolizes the bonds between community and strength of partnership forming the shape of the Pentagon signifying constant dedication and support to the Services. The wreath indicates strength and dedication for the total force to include Service members, their Families, and Department of Defense Civilians. The stars signify the military services, and their position above the wreath implies “not resting on one’s laurels”, but continually striving to help those at risk to suicide. The colors of the seal are Blue, White and Gold. Blue alludes to clarity and clear skies, while the sunburst portrays a new day and rays of hope. White is for caring, purpose and professionalism. Gold exemplifies excellence, integrity and honor.
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.
Dr. Liz Clark, a member of the Senior Executive Service, serves as the Director of the Defense Suicide Prevention Office (DSPO) in the Office of the Under Secretary of Defense for Personnel and Readiness. In this position, she is responsible for policy, oversight, and advocacy of U.S. Department of Defense (DoD) suicide prevention programs, which include suicide prevention, intervention, and postvention efforts including policy, program development and evaluation, data surveillance, research, and outreach and engagement in support of more than 2M Service members and over 2.5M military family members worldwide. (More...)