Saving lives requires vigilance. Each tragic loss to suicide has far reaching impact on families, friends, and Marines left behind. At the unit level, suicide effects morale, unit cohesion, and ultimately unit effectiveness and readiness of Marines. Our prevention programs are designed to help Marines who are thinking about suicide or engaging in suicidal behavior, and those who may be at risk for suicide because of a mental disorder, or because they belong to a group with higher rates of suicide attempts or deaths.
- Develop in all Marines the skills needed to recognize and address suicide warning signs, which include appearing overwhelmed by recent stressors; experiencing a fall from glory, loss of honor, and change in status within a unit or relationship; withdrawing from friends, family and society; losing interest in hobbies, work and school; feeling helpless, worthless and trapped in a situation.
- Common risk factors and triggers that should not be ignored are legal or disciplinary problems, relationship problems and financial problems. Substance abuse, behavioral health diagnosis and Permanent Change of Station (PCS) problems appear to increase risk for suicide.
- The DSTRESS Line provides 24/7 phone, chat and Skype line counseling services utilizing a “Marine to Marine” approach.
- Confidential care worldwide ensuring access to behavioral health services and assisting Marines and families in navigating the many support resources available.
- Care coordination and continued 90 day follow-up through the Marine Intercept Program for all Marines identified with suicidal ideation or attempt.
- Conquering Stress with Strength is the newest practical application workshop facilitated by Marine Corps Family Team Building providing skills to effectively respond to high-stress situations that include suicide prevention.
Marines, Sailors, and their families may access help directly through Community Counseling Program. There is no wrong door for getting help. Counselors conduct screenings, actively assess needs, provide counseling, and connect Marines and families with additional resources through referrals and direct handoffs between programs and facilities.
If you recognize warning signs or believe someone is in immediate danger, call 911 or seek help from a mental health care provider. To learn more, visit www.dstressline.com or call 1-877-476-7734.