G-1, Human Resources Policy Directorate
Supporting Soldiers, Families & Civilians – Active, Guard, Reserve and Retired
3 September 2008
What are the two major factors that place this Specialist at a higher than normal risk for suicide? (previous attempt; distressing life events).
What should be your first response to his statement, “I can’t take it any more”? (Ask if he has been having thoughts about suicide.)
While talking to this Soldier, you start to feel very uncomfortable and doubt your abilities to be very helpful. What would be your best course of action? (Without leaving the Soldier alone, notify your chain-of-command.)
This Soldier agrees to speak with you only if your promise not to tell anyone else. What should you do? (Explain that you cannot make such a promise. If he refuses to continue, escort him to your supervisor or to a mental health professional).
Do you think John is actually suicidal? Why or why not? (There can be a variety of responses. However, it is important to note that the proper people to make this determination are mental health providers.)
Scenario #4 – Post-Deployment
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