G-1, Human Resources Policy Directorate
Supporting Soldiers, Families & Civilians – Active, Guard, Reserve and Retired
3 September 2008
Other Soldiers are the first line of defense in the Army’s suicide prevention program. How do you prepare yourself for this role? What behaviors must you master in order to fulfill this role?
How much training in suicide prevention is enough? How much can realistically fit into your training schedule? How frequently should such training be given? How should new arrivals to your unit be included in this process? When can one stop training in suicide prevention?
Is suicide a medical or Command problem. How can behavioral health specialists and unit Commanders best work together to reduce the occurrence of suicidal behaviors?
As a unit commander, do you think someone who has been psychiatrically hospitalized for suicidal behaviors can ever be successfully reintegrated into the unit?
What kind(s) of training do you think is necessary to “harden up” Soldiers, make them more resilient, and make them less vulnerable to suicidal impulses? Do you think BATTLEMIND is enough to reduce suicidal behaviors?
Scenario #9 - R&R