Suicide Prevention hosts former Schofield Barracks Soldier, Aug. 8

| August 8, 2013 | 0 Comments

Suicide Prevention Program, Directorate of Human Resources, U.S. Army Garrison-Hawaii

Former Schofield Barracks Soldier, Andrew O’Brien was deployed to Iraq and experienced problems after his return home.

He suffered from post-traumatic stress disorder and attempted to take his own life.

The acronymn "ACE" is used to prevent a suicide: Ask, Care, Escort someone in need of help to a professional to prevent loss of life.

The acronymn “ACE” is used to prevent a suicide: Ask, Care, Escort someone in need of help to a professional to prevent loss of life.

He survived the attempt, and his experience and gratitude for a second chance at life have  motivated him to tour the U.S. telling his story to help others.

O’Brien hopes to assist Soldiers, family members and friends with how to handle situations with loved ones who struggle with post-traumatic stress and suicidal thoughts or attempts. His story is compelling and should be heard  by commanders, providers, Soldiers, family members, civilian employees and veterans alike.

O’Brien sports a tattoo of the date he attempted suicide on his back to keep it behind him, as a part of his past.

It is  important for all to know the risk factors, warning signs and what to do if you or someone you know is in need of assistance. Risk factors include relationship problems, job stress, financial issues, substance abuse and  behavioral health issues.

Warning signs include behaviors such as domestic violence, duty  performance problems or off-duty behaviors resulting in pending administrative or nonjudicial punishment, overspending, binge drinking, using illegal drugs or abusing prescription medications, depression, post-traumatic stress, and/or talking about death or giving away belongings.

Attend the suicide prevention training from 1:30-2:30 p.m., Aug. 8, at the Sgt. Smith Theater, Schofield Barracks. This Army Substance Abuse Program special meets substance abuse and suicide prevention training credit.

If you or someone you know is struggling with thoughts of suicide, contact the National Suicide  Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-8255 or www.suicidepreventionlifeling.org.

The Military Crisis Line offers free and confidential support to service members in crisis or  anyone who knows someone who is. The service is staffed by caring, qualified responders,  many who have served in the military themselves.

Support is available through the crisis line, online chat and text-messaging for all service members, including Guard and Reserve, 24/7. Visit the Military Crisis Line website at http://militarycrisisline.net, online chat at www.veteranscrisisline.net/ChatTermsOfService.aspx, or send a text to 838255 or calling toll  free 1-800-273-8255, press 1.

The U.S. Army Garrison-Hawaii Suicide Prevention Program manager is located at Schofield  Barracks, Building 2091. Call (808) 655-9105.

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