Suicide and interpersonal violence are serious issues that require comprehensive, seamless prevention, intervention, and postvention responses from exceptional leaders. In order to support readiness and build a more lethal force, leaders must foster and promote resilience among their Airmen. Leaders should familiarize themselves with available resiliency tools and resources to prevent and respond to crisis such as suicide or sexual assault.

Tools to build unit resilience and prevent crisis.
Tools for leading high-risk Airmen and navigating through a crisis.
Tools for reintegration and leading after a crisis.
Exercises that provide the opportunity for Leaders to test their knowledge, rehearse their actions, and refine contingency plans so they are better prepared to lead in times of crisis.

Airman Turns to Art Photography After Struggles with Depression

His marriage ended on ugly terms. He had been depressed for months. He feared negative consequences to his career so he shared little of what he was going through with his friends and supervisor. Then, Senior Airman Michael Drinkwater made a plan that finally gave him a sense of relief.  But, it wasn’t relief from a plan to get well. Instead, Drinkwater had made a plan to end his life.

“[I was] almost romanticizing it, thinking about it quite a lot and putting together a plan. And in those two weeks where I had a plan, I felt more relief that I had in months,” said Drinkwater.

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An inspirational story of resilience. Thank you, Chief Wright, for bringing SrA Courtney Carlson to our attention.


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Resilience Website Tools
Air Force Resilience
May 14, 2019 | 3:09
The Air Force Office of Integrated Resilience recently unveiled a new website ( that highlights tools to help Airmen and their families thrive, and provide a culture of dignity and respect across the Total Force. These tools, including prevention, intervention and postvention lines of effort, aim to confront the challenges of sexual assault and suicide head-on, thereby developing a more resilient force.

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Leadership App

A mobile app that provides leaders with a variety of prevention, intervention, and postvention tools.

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