• Suicide Prevention: Get Armed with Information, Resources, Tools
    Suicide Prevention

    Personal and relationship issues, legal and financial worries, and job-related stress are the leading contributing factors linked to suicides. Take the opportunity this month, especially, to educate yourself and others with helpful facts surrounding suicide prevention.

    Be aware of the Warning Signs for Suicide:

    • Threatening or talking about wanting to hurt or kill oneself
    • Looking for ways to kill oneself by seeking access to firearms, available pills or other means
    • Talking or writing about death, dying or suicide when these actions are out of the ordinary for the person
    • Feeling hopeless
    • Feeling rage or uncontrolled anger or seeking revenge
    • Acting reckless or engaging in risky activities - seemingly without thinking
    • Feeling trapped - like there's no way out
  • Harnessing New and Social Media to Prevent Suicide

    Another breakout session featured at the 2010 Suicide Prevention Conference was a lively and informative session centered on New and Social Media titled Harnessing New and Social Media to Prevent Suicide. The goal of the conversation was to understand how social media can serve as a powerful means to prevent suicide and the discussion began with a simple question:

    What is Social Media?

    Social Media is defined as an online set of tools that allows anyone with basic computer skills to tell their stories using the internet to create a shared community experience both online and in-person. Online social media forums can be found such as:

  • Suicide Prevention Resource Center: A National Resource for a National Imperative
    Suicide Prevention Resource Center

    The Suicide Prevention Resource Center (SPRC) hosted an important breakout session last week at our 2010 Suicide Prevention Conference called “Suicide Prevention: A National Resource for a National Imperative.”

  • Keeping Service Members and their Families Mission Ready

    DoD believes that one death by suicide is too many. We have undertaken a number of initiatives and developed programs to help keep our warriors and their families psychologically strong and encourage them to reach out for help when needed.

    Suicide prevention:

  • Brig. Gen. Sutton Discusses Brain Injuries, Suicide Prevention and Medical Evaluations

    Members of the military who believe they may have had a concussion should always get a prompt medical evaluation – even if they think they don’t need it, according to Brig. Gen. Loree K. Sutton, M.D.

    Sutton is director of the Defense Centers of Excellence for Psychological Health and Traumatic Brain Injury and is the highest ranking psychiatrist in the U.S. Army. She was interviewed for the March 5 episode of “Dot Mil Docs,” a Web radio production of the Military Health System. The interview can be heard at

    “Get a brief medical assessment and determine whether you’re really in need of a little rest or whether you can go back,” Sutton said on the program. “It’s certainly possible to be exposed to an explosion and have no visible injury” so it is important “to document what has happened if an individual has felt dazed or confused.”

  • Suicide Prevention Conference

    Team DCoE recently completed an important session in San Antonio, co-hosting with the VA a suicide prevention conference. A first-time joint effort, it enhanced awareness of some of the best practices and methods for suicide prevention. The conference ran Jan 12-15 covering clinical intervention, practical applications and tools, and research and academics.