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Suicide Awareness


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Suicide Awareness

  1. 1. Recognizing and Preventing Suicide Susan Deal LCSW-C 175th Wing Director of Psychological Health 410-918-6558
  2. 2. • Suicide facts: – Most suicidal people: do not want to end their biological existence, just the psychological pain and suffering – Most suicidal people: tell others they are thinking about suicide as an option for coping with pain – Most suicidal people: have psychological problems, social problems, and poor methods with coping with pain (David A. Jobes, 2006)
  3. 3. • Risk factors for Suicide – Relationships are key – Severe, prolonged and/or unmanageable stress – Lack of social support – Depression or anxiety – History of suicide attempts – Alcohol or drug abuse – Feelings of hopelessness – Belief that there is no solution or way out
  4. 4. Signs and SymptomsDHHS: SAMHSA, Center for Mental Health Services, National Suicide Prevention
  5. 5. Ask the QuestionDHHS: SAMHSA, Center for Mental Health Services, National Suicide Prevention
  6. 6. Validate DHHS: SAMHSA, Center for Mental Health Services, National Suicide Prevention*Show you are following what they are saying *Accept the situation *No judgment*Let them know their situation is serious and deserves attention *Acknowledge feelings *You are there to help
  7. 7. ANG Suicide Intervention Initiatives• ACE (Ask, Care, Escort) – Key principle is not leaving the individual alone – Wallet cards and posters encourage Airmen to embrace Wingman culture and recognize/assist fellow ANG members in distress – ANG Units have received allotted ACE cards/posters for entire base population• Wingman Project ( – Online suicide prevention education and resource site for Airmen and significant others – Provides the ability for individual ANG units to format customized ACE materials (i.e., unit or State logo) – Provides online ACE and Wingman training – Provides local behavioral health and psychosocial services
  8. 8. • Ways Leadership Can Help – Build a supportive work environment – Know the people you work with – Know the warning signs – Know the base resources – Ask the tough questions (i.e about life problems, distress, alcohol use) – Encourage help seeking behaviors – Stay involved until the problem is resolved – Recognize when help is needed and get it
  9. 9. Seeking Help• Self – Self-care is essential •Exercise •Nutrition •Rest – Learn stress management techniques – Talk with others about how you are feeling• Family – Be aware of signs and symptoms of stress – Don’t be afraid to say, “Hey, are you okay?” – Get assistance when effects are extreme or of concern
  10. 10. • When to Seek Help – Persistent stress that is affecting your daily life – Difficulty coping – Difficulty functioning – Accumulating signs of distress or risk factors – Thoughts about suicide
  11. 11. Whom do I contact for help?Director of Psychological HealthMilitary Family Life ConsultantsClergy/ChaplainCommander/SupervisorPhysicianSuicide Hotline (800-273-TALK (8255) press option 1
  12. 12. Susan Deal LCSW-C175th Wing Director of Psychological Health 410-918-6558