DoD knows that service and family members are faced with many significant challenges, such as multiple deployments, injury, and loss. These challenges can be stressful and may contribute to mental health issues. If left unchecked, mental health problems can become more serious and may possibly lead to thoughts of suicide. Becoming aware of the warning signs for suicide and how to get help when needed can keep service and family members well and reduce the likelihood that the risk of suicide will become a reality.

Suicide Prevention -

  US Pacific Command civilian, Ms. Ann Longboy, poignantly shares her personal experiences in a video appeal.
Please take time to listen, share and care...

Get help... give help.


RESTORING HOPE - You Can Help Save A Life feature on Suicide Prevention - stories, videos, resources

From the Defense Center of Excellence:  A new suicide prevention and risk reduction Web site - DoD/VA Suicide Outreach; Resources for Suicide Prevention -  is a collaborative effort between the Services, the National Guard Bureau, Reserve Affairs, Department of Veterans Affairs, the Office of Armed Forces Medical Examiner, Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, and others.  This website streamlines suicide prevention resources for easy access to a clearinghouse of information. It serves as a comprehensive resource with access to hotlines, treatments, programs, forums and multimedia designed to support all servicemembers, veterans, families and health professionals. Additionally, you can find links to service-specific suicide prevention resources as well as reliable and accurate information on a range of suicide prevention related topics.  See


Suicide Warning Signs
(Source:  DON Civilian Employee Assistance Programs (CEAP), 9 Sep 2010)  

...Suicide Prevention is often very hard to discuss, has touched so many of our lives... Please take some time to recognize the suicide warning signs below and review the resource links for some valuable information on how to prevent and cope with this loss.

IDEATION- Thoughts of suicide expressed, threatened, written.
SUBSTANCE USE- Increased or excessive alcohol or drug use.
PURPOSELESSNESS- Seeing no reason for living or having no sense of purpose of life.
ANXIETY- Feeling anxious, agitated, nightmares, unable to sleep, or too much sleep.
TRAPPED- Feeling trapped, like there is no way out.
HOPELESSNESS- Feeling hopeless about self, others, and the future.
WITHDRAWAL- Withdrawing from family, friends, usual activities, society.
ANGER- Feeling rage or uncontrolled anger, seeking revenge for perceived wrongs.
RECKLESSNESS- Acting without regard for consequences, excessively risky behavior.
MOOD CHANGES- Experiencing dramatic changes in mood and/or unstable mood.

- see below

VA Suicide Prevention Website - includes "Veterans Chat - National Suicide Prevention Lifeline"** - enables Veterans, their families and friends to go online where they can anonymously chat with a trained VA counselor.

**National Suicide Prevention Lifeline: 1-800-273-TALK (1-800-273-8255) (Veterans Hotline - Press "1")

Military OneSource Crisis Intervention Hotline:

  • From the US: 800-342-9647
  • Outside the US: (Country Access Code) 800-342-9647 OR call COLLECT 484-530-5908
  • TTY/TTD: 800-346-9188
  • En Español: 877-888-0727
  • Military OneSource online - Search “Suicide Prevention”

National Suicide Hotline: 1-800-SUICIDE (1-800-784-2433)

Navy Suicide Prevention Program:

Navy Marine Corps Public Health Center:

Marine Corps Suicide Prevention Program:

US Army Suicide Prevention Program:

Air Force Suicide Prevention Program:

Military On-line Mental Health Screening:

DON Civilian Employee Assistance Programs (CEAP) are available to civilian employees through their major commands as mandated by federal law. To locate your command CEAP, please contact your major command Work/life point of contact (POC) at

Tragedy Assistance Program for Survivors (TAPS) :  "Caring for the families of the fallen... TAPS is the 24/7 tragedy assistance resource for ANYONE who has suffered the loss of a military loved one, regardless of the relationship to the deceased or the circumstance of the death.  Founded out of tragedy in 1994, TAPS has established itself as the front line resource to the families and loved ones of our military men and women.  TAPS provides comfort and care through comprehensive services and programs including peer based emotional support, case work assistance, crisis intervention, and grief and trauma resources." 
(1-800-959-TAPS (8277))

Defense Centers of Excellence for Psychological Health and Traumatic Brain Injury (DCoE):  
DCoE runs a resource center that provides information and resources about psychological health (PH), post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), and traumatic brain injury (TBI)  - 24/7 Help: DCoE Outreach Center