Mary Mattson, director of psychological health for the 133rd Airlift Wing, talks about her experience after a family member committed suicide in St. Paul, Aug. 1, 2018. (U.S. Air National Guard video by Tech. Sgt. Bristol Evasco)
Real Airmen portray struggles that Airmen face everyday.

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

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)

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.

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.                    

Phone Numbers

Suicide Prevention
1-800-273-TALK (8255)

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

Sexual Assault Response:
DoD Safe Help Line

1-877-995-5247

Crisis Resources

 
 

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 
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ANG Suicide Prevention Program NGB/SGOV

2nd Lt. Kate Morsch
(240) 612-8581
katherine.a.morsch.mil@mail.mil

Master. Sgt. Clairmont Barnes
(240) 612-8432
clairmont.j.barnes2.mil@mail.mil