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Suicide Prevention

These resources provide information to help you resist self-harm or to help others who may be having suicidal thoughts.

To talk to someone about your concerns for yourself or someone else, contact the Military Crisis Line online or call 800-273-8255 and press “1,” or the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline online. The Defense Centers of Excellence (DCoE) also has a 24/7 Outreach Center featuring a hotline, email, chat, and phone number.Suicide Prevention Hotline [IMG]

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Suicide [PDF]
Afterdeployment.org has a booklet on suicide that describes quick facts, risk factors, stigma, protective factors, warning signs, and resources.
You are Not Alone
Real Warriors campaign describes warning signs and resources for those having suicidal thoughts, including who you can reach out to for more information or support.
Risk and Protective Factors [PDF]
The Defense Centers of Excellence for Psychological Health and TBI created this factsheet on factors that increase risk for suicide and others that can help protect individuals at risk.
Suicide Facts: What Military Families Should Know [PDF]
The Uniformed Services University provided these suicide facts for primary care providers for military families, focusing on how to overcome the barriers to care.
You Are Your Friend’s Biggest Support
The Real Warriors campaign describes warning signs of suicide and how to identify those at risk. They suggest when to take action if you notice a problem and what steps to take.
Coping After a Suicide [PDF]
The Defense Centers of Excellence created this fact sheet with 22 suggestions on how to cope after a loss from suicide.
Navy and Marine Corps Suicide Prevention
The Navy and Marine Corps Public Health Center Suicide Prevention web page describes warning signs, what to do, where to get help for Sailors, Marines, and families, plus a variety of other targeted information.
Suicide Risk Factors
The National Suicide Prevention Lifeline is a civilian website that has information on suicide, risk factors, prevention, crisis centers, and how to get involved in prevention.
How Can A Safety Plan Help?
The National Suicide Prevention Lifeline describes how a safety plan can help prevent suicide and provides a template that includes recognizing warning signs, using coping strategies, connecting with others, and contacting family, friends, or agencies.