G-1, Human Resources Policy Directorate
Supporting Soldiers, Families & Civilians – Active, Guard, Reserve and Retired
3 September 2008
What is the best way to deal with a suicidal Soldier who is not an imminent risk, that is a Soldier who is unlikely to harm him/herself or others within the next 24 hours?
How does one respond to this Soldier’s statement that: “I am useless to my family…my children would be better off if I were dead”.
You are attempting to demonstrate that you truly care about the SSG. You say, “I know its tough right now, but this crisis is going to pass, and you will eventually feel better. Let’s talk some more about this tomorrow”. Is there anything wrong with this approach?
When asked, this SSG cannot promise you that she will not harm herself before morning, when she is to consult with a mental health provider. What should you do?
Why is it important to ask a potentially suicidal person about their plan to harm themselves?
Scenario #7 – Deployed Female SSG