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.

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Practicing the Pillars Podcast Episode 7: A Leaders Perspective, Brigadier General Claude Tudor
The Practicing the Pillars Podcast provides a unique opportunity for Airmen and Military Members from around Whiteman Air Force Base to discuss their stories of resiliency and how they use the Pillars of Comprehensive Airmen Fitness to overcome... ...More
Seeking help and gaining support from his Family and Leadership helped this Airman persevere through a difficult time. Now he's sharing his story to help his Wingmen thrive.
Seeking help and gaining support from his Family and Leadership helped this Airman persevere through a difficult time. Now he's sharing his story to help his Wingmen thrive.
Research indicates a quarter of suicides occur within the first five minutes of an individual’s decision to take his or her life. In the Air Force, personally-owned firearms are used in 70% of suicide attempts. So in many cases, just five minutes can mean the difference between life and death. That’s why during September – Suicide Prevention Awareness Month – the Air Force is introducing a new approach to suicide prevention called Time-Based Prevention – to focus on the “means” of suicide. Suicide attempts with a firearm are 90% lethal. Safely stored firearms, or firearms safely removed from the home and stored securely, require deliberate access actions to operate, creating a barrier and assisting in the prevention of suicide attempts using firearms. Time-based Prevention efforts are not intended to limit or prohibit the legal ownership or use of firearms for individuals.  Airmen are encouraged to go “SLO” by storing firearms in proper storage safes, use cable locks when firearms are not in use and use local armories or ranges with storage options.
The Air Force is introducing a new approach to suicide prevention called Time-Based Prevention – to focus on the “means” of suicide. Suicide attempts with a firearm are 90% lethal. Safely stored firearms require deliberate access actions to operate,... ...More
A resiliency conversation with Lt. Col. Dan Magruder
A resiliency conversation with Lt. Col. Dan Magruder
U.S. Paralympic Triathlon elite athlete Jamie Brown prepares for the 2020 Tokyo Olympic Games Aug. 12, 2019, at Kadena Air Base, Japan. Brown's unique perspective on life shows the importance of resiliency and staying positive through difficult times. (U.S. Air Force video by Senior Airman Cynthia Belío)
U.S. Paralympic Triathlon elite athlete Jamie Brown prepares for the 2020 Tokyo Olympic Games Aug. 12, 2019, at Kadena Air Base, Japan. Brown's unique perspective on life shows the importance of resiliency and staying positive through difficult... ...More
U.S. Air Force Chaplain (Capt.) Adam Rhoads, Mrs. Anna Jewell, Tech. Sgt. Sophia Hayner and Lt. Col. John Jewell share how the act of or attempt(s) at suicide can and have affected them and those around them during the production of "So the Story Goes;" on Kadena Air Base, Japan, Aug. 30, 2019. This production aims to share a raw, unedited perspective on how suicide affects more than the victim in response to an Air Force-wide amplified focus on resilience. (U.S. Air Force video by Staff Sgt. Omari Bernard and Staff Sgt. Daniel E. Fernandez)
U.S. Air Force Chaplain (Capt.) Adam Rhoads, Mrs. Anna Jewell, Tech. Sgt. Sophia Hayner and Lt. Col. John Jewell share how the act of or attempt(s) at suicide can and have affected them and those around them during the production of "So the Story... ...More
On October 24th, Ms. Janine Sijan, brother of Capt. Lance P. Sijan, screened the documentary 'SIJAN' for the Goodfellow community.  Capt. Sijan was  posthumously awarded the Medal of Honor for his courage during the Vietnam War.
On October 24th, Ms. Janine Sijan, brother of Capt. Lance P. Sijan, screened the documentary 'SIJAN' for the Goodfellow community. Capt. Sijan was posthumously awarded the Medal of Honor for his courage during the Vietnam War.
The Air Force Office of Integrated Resilience recently unveiled a new website (https://www.resilience.af.mil)  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.
The Air Force Office of Integrated Resilience recently unveiled a new website (https://www.resilience.af.mil) that highlights tools to help Airmen and their families thrive, and provide a culture of dignity and respect across the Total Force. These... ...More
Practicing the Pillars Podcast Episode 7: A Leaders Perspective, Brigadier General Claude Tudor
Seeking help and gaining support from his Family and Leadership helped this Airman persevere through a difficult time. Now he's sharing his story to help his Wingmen thrive.
Research indicates a quarter of suicides occur within the first five minutes of an individual’s decision to take his or her life. In the Air Force, personally-owned firearms are used in 70% of suicide attempts. So in many cases, just five minutes can mean the difference between life and death. That’s why during September – Suicide Prevention Awareness Month – the Air Force is introducing a new approach to suicide prevention called Time-Based Prevention – to focus on the “means” of suicide. Suicide attempts with a firearm are 90% lethal. Safely stored firearms, or firearms safely removed from the home and stored securely, require deliberate access actions to operate, creating a barrier and assisting in the prevention of suicide attempts using firearms. Time-based Prevention efforts are not intended to limit or prohibit the legal ownership or use of firearms for individuals.  Airmen are encouraged to go “SLO” by storing firearms in proper storage safes, use cable locks when firearms are not in use and use local armories or ranges with storage options.
A resiliency conversation with Lt. Col. Dan Magruder
U.S. Paralympic Triathlon elite athlete Jamie Brown prepares for the 2020 Tokyo Olympic Games Aug. 12, 2019, at Kadena Air Base, Japan. Brown's unique perspective on life shows the importance of resiliency and staying positive through difficult times. (U.S. Air Force video by Senior Airman Cynthia Belío)
U.S. Air Force Chaplain (Capt.) Adam Rhoads, Mrs. Anna Jewell, Tech. Sgt. Sophia Hayner and Lt. Col. John Jewell share how the act of or attempt(s) at suicide can and have affected them and those around them during the production of "So the Story Goes;" on Kadena Air Base, Japan, Aug. 30, 2019. This production aims to share a raw, unedited perspective on how suicide affects more than the victim in response to an Air Force-wide amplified focus on resilience. (U.S. Air Force video by Staff Sgt. Omari Bernard and Staff Sgt. Daniel E. Fernandez)
On October 24th, Ms. Janine Sijan, brother of Capt. Lance P. Sijan, screened the documentary 'SIJAN' for the Goodfellow community.  Capt. Sijan was  posthumously awarded the Medal of Honor for his courage during the Vietnam War.
The Air Force Office of Integrated Resilience recently unveiled a new website (https://www.resilience.af.mil)  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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USAF: Leaders Should Share their Own Stories to Keep Resiliency Push Going

Air Force is encouraging senior leaders to be forthcoming with their own personal stories to connect with airmen and ensure the discussion continues, following the recent stand-down implemented to focus on mental health amid a dramatic increase in suicides.

“Us, as leaders, need to open up and show our brokenness,” said CMSgt. Terrence Greene, the command chief master sergeant for Air Mobility Command, in a recent interview. “We’re not perfect, we’re going through challenges in our lives." Continue Reading.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Air University continues dialogue about suicide prevention with new summit

MAXWELL AIR FORCE BASE - The Air Force is currently battling an enemy right here on the home front; an enemy that has claimed 78 of our Airmen during this year alone.

The Air Force is experiencing an all-time high in suicide rates and Air University is doing their part to ensure this topic does not go unnoticed with their Suicide Awareness Summit, Oct. 29 – 31, 2019, Maxwell Air Force Base. Continue Reading...

FORT. MEADE, Md. -- On Saturday, October 6, 2019, as 16th Intelligence Squadron program manager Staff Sgt. Caldwell was pulling on to Interstate 95 on his way to the monthly unit training assembly, his attention was drawn to a young girl no more than 16 years old, sitting on a barrier along the ramp staring down a 60 to 70 foot drop. After sending notice to his supervisor, talking with 911 operators and working with other passersby, Caldwell reacted quickly to unsuccessful efforts to talk the girl down.  Continue Reading...

As you are probably aware, the chief of staff and the chief master sergeant of the Air Force directed all units to institute a tactical pause to address the suicide problem affecting the Total Force. From a component perspective, we have endured 13 suicides this year, compared to one at this time last year. This is not OK. However, it is OK not to feel OK. This month, the boss and I kicked off our tactical pause with our “Share Your Story” campaign at Headquarters Air Force Reserve Command. Continue Reading...

 

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Team Vance Asks....

Ask*Care*Escort

If you have identified an airman that may be considering suicide, it’s important to Ask your Wingman directly about what’s going on. This will help you determine what needs to be done next. Ask about issues early rather than waiting for things to escalate to the point of crisis. Take all comments about suicide seriously. Be an active listener and let your Wingman tell you about their challenges. Although it can be awkward, it’s important to ask the tough questions about whether or not your Wingman is thinking about harming or killing himself. If the answer is yes, or if you even suspect that the answer is yes, don’t leave the person alone.

Care for your Wingman by calmly listening and expressing concern. Don’t be judgmental or promise secrecy. If your Wingman is having thoughts of suicide, you need to act. Remove anything he could use to hurt himself and immediately seek help.

The final step is to Escort your Wingman immediately to the nearest emergency room, Mental Health Clinic, chaplain, or primary care clinic, and contact the supervisor or chain of command. If a distressed Airman refuses help or you're not sure what to do, call your supervisor or 911 for help. Never leave an Airman who is having thoughts of suicide alone, even to go to the bathroom.

Ask Your

Wingman

  • Have the courage to ask the question, but stay calm
  • Ask the question directly: Are you thinking of killing yourself? 
  • And, do you have access to a firearm?

Care For Your

Wingman

  • Calmly control the situation; do not use force; be safe
  • Actively listen to show under­standing and produce relief
  • Remove any means that could be used for self-injury

Escort Your

Wingman

  • Never leave your buddy alone

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