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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.

As reservists and guardspersons are assigned to your unit, what kinds of things can you do to decrease their risk of suicide? (Get to know them, their needs, their expectations, and their fears/anxieties. Ensure that they have received training in BATTLEMIND and suicide prevention. Social gatherings might also be used to assist the newly assigned Soldiers in feeling accepted as part of the team.  Help them feel assured that you will be looking out for their interests and that problems can be voiced without fear of retribution or ridicule.)

2.

You have learned that this Captain is feeling hopeless and has entertained some thoughts of suicide. You decide to counsel him. What kinds of things would you, as his Commander, say? What kind of referrals might you make? Are there other resources available to help this officer solve his problems in a more appropriate manner? (for discussion).

3.

In talking with this young officer, he states that he feels overwhelmed and that he fears his decision-making might be impaired. He does not know how to get back on track and, though he is not currently suicidal. He keeps having recurrent, intrusive thoughts about what it might be like to be dead. He has begun to question the meaning of life. He states he cannot guarantee that he will not, at some point in the future, engage in suicidal behaviors. What do you do? (Refer this officer to mental health providers. Assure the Captain that there will be no negative consequences for seeking mental health consultation.)

4.

The Captain takes your advice and seeks mental health consultation. He is placed on antidepressant medications. However, six weeks later, he feels no better and continues to experience his symptoms. What should you do next? (Your should obtain, from the Captain, authority to discuss his problems with his mental health provider. Next, consult with the provider to determine the best course of action. Hospitalization might be required.)

5.

The mental health provider ultimately decides that hospitalization is in the Captain’s bests interest. Realistically, do you feel this Captain can return from his hospitalization and successfully be reintegrated into his leadership position? (for discussion)

Scenario #10 – Pre-deployment

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