Family Suicide Prevention Training

This educational program uses a fictional story to help viewers recognize warning signs of distress. It also provides training to help viewers understand different options for intervening, along with available resources, and helps viewers appreciate the importance of being proactive and developing strong protective factors.
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Videos for thought and discussion

Jennifer Faulkner tells the story of her husbands suicide. (USAF video by Joseph Givens.)

Jennifer Faulkner's Personal Journey

Jennifer Faulkner tells the story of her husbands suicide. (USAF video by Joseph Givens.)
Mrs. Starnes tells heartbreaking story of  her Airman husband's suicide hoping to shed light on the taboo subject to help other families prevent such tragedies.

I Don't Have a Choice to be Anything but Strong

Mrs. Starnes tells heartbreaking story of her Airman husband's suicide hoping to shed light on the taboo subject to help other families prevent such tragedies.
The Jordan family shares their grief and thoughts of their beloved Airman son and brother who died by suicide.

Losing an Airman Son to Suicide

The Jordan family shares their grief and thoughts of their beloved Airman son and brother who died by suicide.
Everyone feels stress.  Sometimes, though, even everyday challenges may seem overwhelming. But you are not alone. As Airmen and Guardians, you are surrounded by people who care, and there is always someone who wants to listen.  For those of you who are feeling under stress, reach out to your first line supervisor, your chaplain, your spouse, your fellow Wingman.  And, if you recognize signs of distress in your friend, a family member or a colleague, make sure to connect to protect.  Show how you care.

How Do You Care?

Everyone feels stress. Sometimes, though, even everyday challenges may seem overwhelming. But you are not alone. As Airmen and Guardians, you are surrounded by people who care, and there is always someone who wants to listen. For those of you who...

Protective Factors

The Air Force recommends maintaining a balanced lifestyle through Comprehensive Airman Fitness, or CAF. CAF encourages taking care of each other and ourselves through wellness in four domains – mental, physical, social, and spiritual. CAF can help instill or strengthen existing Protective Factors to help you cope with stress or challenges in positive ways.

Because everyone faces stress, it’s important to continually assess and strengthen those factors in your life that help you effectively cope with and overcome challenges. Protective Factors are positive behaviors and supportive connections that protect against stress. They are also an important element of suicide prevention. They include:

  • Positive relationships with family, friends, and coworkers, as well as a sense of belonging
  • Coping skills such as effective problem solving, goal setting, and knowing when to seek help
  • And practicing positive thinking or beliefs such as:
    • Acknowledging the positive aspects of a situation
    • Maintaining positive expectations for the future
    • Recognizing your ability to influence that future
    • Believing things will get better even when they are going wrong
    • Sustaining a sense of purpose or meaning in your life, and
    • Holding religious or spiritual beliefs

SOAR for Teens

SOAR offers a safe space & community for teens by providing education, unique resources and teen led working groups to protect their mental health, and prevent suicide through peer-to-peer relationships and adult mentorship.

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