Suicide Prevention Task Force is ready to help

| May 7, 2016 | 0 Comments

The Army will hold a suicide prevention stand down, Thursday, Sept. 27, to emphasize awareness and prevention. (Photo by Vickey Mouzé, U.S. Army Garrison-Hawaii. Depiction by Estrella Araiza)

Aimee Henson
Suicide Prevention Program
Army Substance Abuse Program

SCHOFIELD BARRACKS — The Army Substance Abuse Prevention Program developed a task force a year and a half ago to brainstorm on improving how to prevent the suicide within the military system.

The task force has at least 48 diverse all military branches members, including Veterans Affairs.

It meets on a monthly basis to coordinate and collaborate with an effort for outreach in our community.

Suicide is something that could be prevented and it is not something to be ashamed of, but rather something that we can prevent together as a community.

Brent Oto, the Suicide Prevention Program Manager, here, is also a trainer. He has trained service members, families and veterans in suicide prevention classes, such as Applied Suicide Intervention Skills Training, or ASIST, and Ask-Care-Escort Suicide Intervention, or ACE-SI.

For the month of April, he brought-in consultants, such as the Purple Star Program honoring active duty, veterans and their families, a program that helps veterans and families struggling to transition in military or civilian life. As well, he hosted Corretta Doctor, a suicide survivor. Both guests of speakers conveyed their experiences; the hope is that their stories will help others affected with suicide ideation.

Soldiers with post-traumatic stress disorder, or PTSD, or a local individual with trauma does not have to feel alone. There are resources and help and support that can be provided.

The goal and purpose of the Suicide Prevention Task Force is to ensure that the military and local community are provided with information, education and awareness that there are resources that individuals and their families can reach out to if crises arise.

 

Facts and Resources

According to the Centers for Disease Control, in our society, suicide is the third leading cause of death among youth ages 10-24.

Among 10-24 year olds across the U.S., 157,000 youth receive medical care for self-inflicted injuries at an emergency room.

The CDC also reports that 16 percent of high school students claim they have thought about committing suicide and around 8 percent of them say that they have tried killing themselves at least once.

If you have questions, if you want to talk with an adolescent counselor, if you want to learn about adolescent trends and strategies to prevent risks, or if you want to access support, call the Adolescent Substance Abuse Counseling Service, or ASACS at 655-9944.

The National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-TALK (8255) is available 24/7 for concerned parents, community members and teens in suicide crisis or emotional distress. For more information about suicide prevention, here, call 655-9105.

An online chat option is available at www.suicidepreventionlifeline.org/GetHelp/LifelineChat.aspx.

(Editor’s note: ASAP is part of the Directorate of Human Resources, U.S. Army Garrison-Hawaii.)

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