G-1, Human Resources Policy Directorate
Supporting Soldiers, Families & Civilians – Active, Guard, Reserve and Retired
3 September 2008
What is the role of Chaplains in cases of potential suicide?
It is a community standard that the least restrictive environment be used when treating people. As a result, individuals are not psychiatrically hospitalized involuntarily unless they are at an imminent risk to themselves and others. How should we as an organization define imminent risk?
At what point should a Chaplain or mental health provider reveal confidential information to others?
The Ferres doctrine states, in effect, that military leaders cannot be sued for actions which result in damages to a Soldier. If there was no Ferres Doctrine, how would you change the way you handle suicidal Soldiers?
To what lengths do you think Command should go to rehabilitate a formerly suicidal individual? At what point do you determine to “cut your losses” and get rid of the individual?
Scenario #7 – Deployed Female SSG