Suicide is a serious (and final) issue facing Service Members, their families, and friends. This page offers a variety of resources to help you prevent suicide—for yourself or someone else.
988 Suicide & Crisis Lifeline
The 988 Suicide & Crisis Lifeline, formerly known as the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline, provides free and confidential support 24/7 by dialing 988 within the United States. They also have information on suicide, risk factors, prevention.
Supporting military families in crisis [PDF]
DoD’s Defense Suicide Prevention Office produced this comprehensive guide to preventing suicide, with a focus on how family members can help. Information includes warning signs and risk factors, where to call for help, and how Total Force Fitness can build family and Service Member resilience to prevent suicide.
Risk and protective factors [PDF]
The Defense Centers of Excellence for Psychological Health and Traumatic Brain Injury’s factsheet explores factors that increase risk for suicide, warning signs, and how to help protect people at risk.
Suicide facts: What military families should know [PDF]
The Uniformed Services University and Center for the Study of Traumatic Stress provide suicide facts for primary care providers working with military families, focusing on how to overcome the barriers to care.
Family coping and resiliency: Suicide prevention training tip card [PDF]
This training tip card from the U.S. Army Public Health Command describes warning signs of potential trouble and things family members can do to take action and help their Soldier at risk.
ACE suicide intervention [PDF]
This pocket-size card from the U.S. Army Public Health Command briefly describes an Ask, Care, Escort (ACE) plan for family members to keep on hand.
Identifying warning signs of suicide on social media
This describes warning signs of suicide on social media and how to identify if a friend is at risk. Find out when to take action if you notice a problem and what steps to take.
You are not alone: Suicide prevention tools for warriors
If you’re struggling with thoughts about hurting yourself, reach out for help. The Real Warriors campaign offers ways to recognize what’s happening, take action, and get support.