Resources

September is Suicide Prevention Awareness Month

Military Crisis Line

  • 800-273-8255, press 1 for military
  • This site also offers online chat and text support capabilities (Text to 838255).

Fact Sheets

Websites

Government

  • Defense Suicide Prevention Office
    • Provides advocacy, program oversight, and policy for DoD suicide prevention, intervention and postvention efforts to reduce suicidal behaviors in service members, civilians and their families.
  • DoD Suicide Prevention YouTube Channel
    • A channel that provides breaking military news and delivers “boots on the ground” stories from Afghanistan and around the world. Videos offer a close-up look at American military men and women, soldiers, sailors, airmen, Marines, and Coast Guardsmen stationed throughout the globe.
  • National Resource Directory
    • Connecting wounded warriors, service members, veterans, their families and caregivers with those who support them. Resources can be found for benefits and compensation, education and training, employment, family and caregiver support, health, homeless assistance, housing, and transportation and travel.
  • Veterans Affairs Suicide Prevention
    • The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs web page regarding mental health and suicide prevention. The page includes informative tabs on the Veterans Crisis Line, warning signs, suicide prevention resources, educational materials, and spreading the word.
  • Mental Illness Research, Education and Clinical Centers (MIRECC), VA
    • Established by Congress with the goal of researching the causes and treatments of mental disorders and using education to put new knowledge into routine clinical practice in the VA.
  • Rocky Mountain MIRECC, VA
    • Studies suicide with the goal of reducing suicidal ideation and behaviors in the Veteran population. Work of the Rocky Mountain MIRECC is focused on promising clinical interventions, as well as the cognitive and neurobiological underpinnings of suicidal thoughts and behaviors that may lead to innovative prevention strategies.
  • inTransition
    • A free, voluntary program with coaches who provide psychological health care support to service members, veterans and their health care providers during times of transition.
  • Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) – Suicide Prevention
    • Provides suicide prevention information and other helpful resources to mental health professions, the general public, and at-risk individuals.
  • Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) –Suicide Prevention
    • The suicide prevention division of the CDC site offers definitions, data sources, risk and protective factors, consequences, prevention strategies, data and statistics, and other featured topics.

Private Sector

  • American Association of Suicidology (AAS)
    • The AAS goal is to understand and prevent suicide. AAS promotes research, public awareness programs, public education and training for professionals and volunteers.
  • American Foundation for Suicide Prevention (AFSP)
    • The AFSP funds scientific research, offers educational programs for professionals, educates the public about mood disorders and suicide prevention, promotes policies and legislation, and supports survivors of suicide loss.
  • American Psychological Association Suicide Web Page
    • A scientific and professional organization representing psychology in the U.S. This site offers a description on suicide, what one can do, and how one can get help.
  • National Action Alliance for Suicide Prevention
    • The public-private partnership with a mission to advance the National Strategy for Suicide Prevention.
  • Tragedy Assistance Program for Survivors (TAPS)
    • TAPS offers help, hope, and healing to all those grieving the death of a loved one serving in America’s Armed Forces. TAPS provides a national peer support network and connection to grief resources, all at no cost to surviving families and loved ones.
  • Suicide Prevention Resource Center
    • The SPRC is devoted to advancing the National Strategy for Suicide Prevention. The center provides assistance, training, and materials to increase the knowledge and expertise of suicide prevention for professionals serving individuals at risk of suicide.

Training and Mobile Applications

Additional educational and training options including mobile applications, websites, and other tools specifically for providers, service members, and families can be found in the Education and Training section.

Service Specific Suicide Prevention Resources

Leaders Guide for Managing Personnel in Distress, Suicide

Research

  • DoD Suicide Event Report (DoDSER)

    The DoDSER standardizes suicide surveillance efforts across the services (Air Force, Army, Marine Corps, and Navy) to support DoD's suicide prevention mission. The DoDSER was launched in January 2008 as a DoD solution to monitor all branches of the military. The DoDSER program is a collaborative effort among DoD's Suicide Prevention and Risk Reduction Committee (SPARRC), the services' DoDSER Program Managers, and the National Center for Telehealth and Technology (T2).

  • The Army Study to Assess Risk and Resilience in Service members (Army STARRS)
    • Largest study of mental health risk and resilience ever conducted among U.S. military personnel. Several publications have been released and can be found at their website.
  • Military Suicide Research Consortium (MSRC)
    • MSRC is part of an ongoing strategy to integrate and synchronize DoD and civilian efforts to implement a multidisciplinary research approach to suicide prevention.
  • RAND Report, Developing a Research Strategy for Suicide Prevention in the Department of Defense, 2014
    • Study which cataloged the research funded by DoD and other entities that is directly relevant to military personnel, examined the extent to which current research maps to DoD's strategic research needs, and provided recommendations to ensure that proposed research strategies align with the national research strategy and integrate with DoD's data collection and program evaluation strategies.
  • RAND Report, The War Within: Preventing Suicide in the U.S. Military, 2011
    • Written at the request of the Assistant Secretary of Defense for Health Affairs, the report contains information on the epidemiology of suicide; a review of scientific evidence and suicide prevention activities; a summary of funding and responsibilities within the services; an assessment of service prevention programs; and a number of specific recommendations for suicide prevention.