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G-1, Human Resources Policy Directorate

Supporting Soldiers, Families & Civilians – Active, Guard, Reserve and Retired

3 September 2008

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1.

You get the feeling that the Soldier is using his circumstances to obtain some special treatment from Command. What should you do? (do nothing; refer the Soldier to mental health and wait for a mental health provider to make a diagnosis; do not be judgmental).

2.

John explains that he does not want to go to behavioral health or the chaplain, because his peers would view him as weak. What should you do? (Explain that it takes courage to deal with one’s problems, and that you are impressed that he had the strength to discuss his problems with you. Next, insist that John see a behavioral health specialist or a chaplain. If John continues to refuse, have him escorted to the emergency room.)

3.

How do you determine if John is having thoughts of suicide? (Ask him directly. Ask him if he has an idea how he would do it. Ask if he has medications available to him. Ask if he has ever tried suicide before.)

4.

John confides to his friend that he is indeed feeling depressed and suicidal and that he is considering taking an overdose.  What should his friend do next? (Without leaving John alone, he should notify the chain-of-command, who in turn should demonstrate caring by confiscating the medicine bottles.)

5.

After removing the pills, what should the friend and chain-of-command do next? (John should be escorted to the Community Mental Health Service or, after hours, the emergency room.)

Scenario #4 – Post-Deployment

TACTICAL QUESTIONS and ANSWERS:

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