G-1, Human Resources Policy Directorate
Supporting Soldiers, Families & Civilians – Active, Guard, Reserve and Retired
3 September 2008
What is the first thing the fellow NCO in this scenario should do? (express concern and ask if the Soldier is feeling suicidal).
The Soldier denies feeling suicidal. What should her fellow NCO do now? (keep exploring to make sure the Soldier is not denying her feelings or is too embarrassed to discuss her situation).
The fellow NCO finds out that the Soldier is entertaining thoughts of suicide. What should she do now? (express caring and concern and take away the Soldier’s rifle; then she should escort the Soldier to the appropriate mental health facility and/or someone higher in her chain-of-command; the Soldier should never be left alone).
What factors place this Soldier at a higher than normal risk for suicide? (a previous attempt; a failing relationship; feelings of powerlessness).
What factors serve to protect this Soldier? (she is not keeping her problems secret. In fact, she appears to be asking for help).
Scenario #3 – Deployed Female
OPERATIONAL QUESTIONS and ANSWERS: