US Army Implements New Suicide Prevention Initiative | KTAB



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WASHINGTON – The U.S. military is implementing a public health approach to suicide based on the suicide prevention efforts of the Centers for Disease Control.

The new comprehensive, integrated policies focus on prevention rather than intervention – and are outlined in the upcoming Army Suicide Prevention Program regulations due to be released in the first quarter of 2022.

General Joseph M. Martin, vice chief of staff, led a chain education initiative that will soon reach the most junior leaders of teams and squads to ensure the consistent implementation of the prevention program. army suicide in the force as a whole. The objective of this chain education is the in-person training of each chief of the army.

The active-duty military will complete chain education by March 1, 2022, while reserve components will end by September 1, 2022.

While leaders will have the discretion to tailor discussions with their soldiers, suicide prevention training should, at a minimum, address the following topics:

  • Leader visibility tools and processes to recognize risk and protective factors
  • Identify available resources
  • Engage in targeted prevention
  • Implement early intervention strategies
  • Carry out post-prevention actions

Leaders are also expected to discuss stigma reduction methods and the military’s efforts to foster cohesive and inclusive teams.

To support this initiative, the Army provided commanders with information slides and a script to generate discussion with their soldiers and copies of the new implementation manuals for senior commanders and unit commanders. ‘Land Force.

For more information on the Army Suicide Prevention Program, you can contact Army G-1 PAO Maj. Angel L. Tomko at, and l OCPA staff team Lt. Col. Gabriel J. Ramirez at

Source: US Army


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