Suicide Prevention & Wellness Resources

By: Jason Jowers, M.S. MFT & Kalin Goble, M.S.

Suicide prevention poster
US Dept. of Defense [suicide prevention poster by US Dept. of Defense, August 27, 2010, CC0]
September is Suicide Prevention Month and our MFLN Family Development team wanted to share resources to promote suicide prevention and wellness for military families.

  • Operation Reach Out App is an app created by Military Community Awareness Inc. (MCA) for smart phones. In addition to assisting those who are at-risk for suicide directly, it is also designed to assist those who are concerned about others who may be at risk. Provided below are the links for both Android and iPhone users to download the app.

For Android Users: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=suicide.prevention.app&hl=en

For iPhone Users:
http://itunes.apple.com/us/app/operation-reach-out/id478899653

  • Suicide Prevention Lifeline (https://suicidepreventionlifeline.org). The Suicide Prevention Lifeline provides 24/7, free and confidential support for people in distress. They also provide specific resources on their website for various populations including veterans, youth, disaster survivors, and LGBTQ+. Call 1-800-273-TALK (8255) to contact the Lifeline and receive help now or to find ways that you can join the network and promote suicide prevention resources.
  • The Military Crisis Line (https://www.veteranscrisisline.net/get-help/military-crisis-line), much like the Suicide Prevention Lifeline, is a direct way to reach out for help. This service is primarily for military service members, veterans, and their families. The Military Crisis Line also includes text-messaging services and online chat that is free, confidential, and available 24/7. To reach out and speak with a qualified responder from the VA, call 1-800-273-8255 and press 1 or text the number 838255.

  • The Defense Suicide Prevention Office
    (https://www.dspo.mil) provides a holistic approach to suicide prevention, intervention, and postvention using a range of medical and non-medical resources. Grounded in a collaborative approach, DSPO works with Military Services and other Governmental Agencies, Non-Governmental Agencies, non-profit organizations, and the greater community to reduce the risk of suicide within military connected populations.

  • Psychology Today
    offers a search service which assists with finding therapists in your local network that accept TRICARE, a healthcare provider for active and retired military service members and their families.

  • MilitaryFamily.com
    (http://militaryfamily.com) provides support and guidance to active-duty and retired military members and to military families. They provide articles, apps, and other resources for military families which are free to download and utilize. Their resources cover many issues that military families may face, including: substance abuse, transitions, employment, personal finance, as well as resources on suicide prevention.
  • Military Community Awareness (http://www.4mca.com/) is another similar website that provides resources for all stages of military families.
  • Struggle Well Podcast Series features Josh Goldberg, Executive Director for the Boulder Crest Institute for Posttraumatic Growth,  and provides a variety of content related to military service. In this episode, (https://www.stitcher.com/podcast/kristin-walker/struggle-well/), Josh Goldberg and guest Anna Kavanaugh focus on personal struggles with suicide and posttraumatic growth.
  • MFLN Family Development

We at MFLN Family Development urge everyone who needs help to seek assistance and we hope these resources will be beneficial in finding the support needed. And please make sure to pass on the resources shared above to anyone who may benefit from them.

This post was written by members of the MFLN Family Development Team. The Family Development team aims to support the development of professionals working with military families.  Learn more about us at https://militaryfamilieslearningnetwork.org/family-development, and connect with us on Facebook, and on Twitter.  Subscribe to our Anchored. podcast series on iTunes and via our podcast page.

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