Phone Numbers


Suicide Prevention

1-800-237-TALK (8255)

Military Crisis Line
1-800-273-8255 (Press 1)

Sexual Assault Response:
DoD Safe Help Line

1-877-995-5247

MTF Locator

   
    The MTF Locater is a convenient tool that
    you can use to locate the Military
    Treatment Facility nearest to you
    by searching on a map, by zip code,
    or geographic region.

Crisis Resources

 
Veterans Crisis Line 1-800-273-8255 Press 1

    If you or a servicemen you know is
    experiencing a crisis, use this confidential,
    toll-free crisis line to reach caring
    Department of Veterans Affairs     responders.
    
    The Veterans Crisis Line can also be
    reached by text at 838255, or through
    online chat.

Suicide Prevention

Ask - Care - Escort

     

    If you have identified an airman that may be
    considering suicide, it’s important to ASK your
    Wingman directly about what’s going on. This will
    help you determine what needs to be done next.
    Ask about issues early rather than waiting for
    things to escalate to the point of crisis. Take all
    comments about suicide seriously. Be an active
    listener and let your Wingman tell you about their
    challenges. Although it can be awkward, it’s
    important to ask the tough questions about
    whether or not your Wingman is thinking about
    harming or killing himself. If the answer is yes,
    or if you even suspect that the answer is yes,
    don’t leave the person alone.

    CARE for your Wingman by calmly listening and
    expressing concern. Don’t be judgmental or
    promise secrecy. If your Wingman is having
    thoughts of suicide, you need to act. Remove
    anything they could use to hurt themselves
    and immediately seek help.

    The final step is to ESCORT your Wingman
    immediately to the nearest emergency room,
    Mental Health Clinic, chaplain, or primary care
    clinic, and contact the supervisor or chain of
    command. If a distressed Airman refuses help
    or you're not sure what to do, call your
    supervisor or 911 for help. Never leave an
    Airman who is having thoughts of suicide alone,
    even to go to the bathroom.

       

Helpful Information

    
    
In any given year, over 40,000 Americans die by
    suicide, almost twice as many as are killed by
    homicide. The military is not exempt from the
    problem of suicide.

    What do you need to know to effectively raise 
    awareness about suicide prevention?

  • Daily connections can make a big impact on someone’s feeling of loneliness.
  • No special training is needed to show genuine concern for someone in crisis.
  • Suicide prevention is very much a leadership issue, which means leaders should create climates in which Service Members are encouraged to seek the help they need.
  • When members of the military get behavioral health care, they are protected against discrimination by law.
  • There are important signs of suicide risk that can be identified: Hopelessness, Anxiety, Self-destructive behavior (for example, alcohol and drug abuse, as well as talking about death)

Mission and Vision Statement


    ANG Suicide Prevention Vision Statement
    - To achieve the aspirational goal of Zero Suicides in the Air National Guard through a Culture of Airman Leadership.
    ANG Suicide Prevention Mission Statement - Reduce suicide in the Air National Guard through education of Military Community members about suicide risk and related behaviors; promotion of health, resilience and
    help-seeking behavior; research, development and delivery of effective programs and services; and promote
    access to care.