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If I'm a Military Member/Family Member and...

To Be Mission Ready
If behavioral health conditions or life challenges aren't addressed promptly and effectively, there's a risk  that they will escalate and become distractions that shift a service member's focus away from the mission or leave him/her unable to perform his/her job well. Which is why military leaders want their personnel to seek help-- to ensure that they are at peak readiness for the challenges that come with the job both at home and on deployment.

It is estimated that each day 22 veterans and 1 active duty person will take their own life. We are working to reduce this number by trying to remove the stigma associated with mental health issues and remove the "shame" associated around  behavioral health conditions. Current data suggests that 400,000 service members struggle to survive because of behavioral health conditions such as: PTS, depression, substance abuse, sexual assault, gambling and many others. We want service members and their family members to realize that help is out there and getting help is courageous thing to do.

If I'm a Military Member/Family Member and...

I am Active Duty
Talk to someone about your feelings, you do not have to suffer in silence. See what kind of help is offered on your base, most offer support groups and mental health information. Getting  the help you need is a good thing. You will feel better and be able to perform your job more efficiently. There are also many resources available outside of your base that you can access including civilian providers who accept military health insurance. Some  of the resources available to you have been listed at the bottom of this page.

I am Not Active Duty
Veteran, Retired, National Guard, Reserve
Talk to someone about what you are feeling and why you are feeling that way. Understand that what you are going through will get better and be willing to accept help. You can ask for referrals from your unit or Command's medical staff or suicide prevention program manager. You could also call the Military Crisis Line, they will be able to assist you in what you are going though at the moment. Next, schedule a doctors appointment and talk to your doctor to try and determine what the best course of action will be.

Someone I Love is in the Military
Families also have resources available where they can seek help from people who are familiar with the military. You need to take care of yourself so that you will be able to support your loved one. There are services that can help with post-service reintegration to help with needs as they occur. Families of service members make adjustments when their loved one is away but also need to make adjustments when they return home. Speak to your loved one. Don't be afraid to ask them if they are having thoughts of suicide. Let them know that there is help and there is nothing to feel ashamed about. The best resource for you would be the Military Crisis Line.

I'm looking for resources

For Anyone:
Military Crisis Line

800-273-8255 (Then Press 1)
or chat online now

Military OneSource
For Army Reservists:

Fort Family Outreach & Support Center

For Active Duty Army:
Wounded Soldier and Family Hotline
No Website
The hotline can locate any Active Duty Soldier worldwide and arrange for personnel in his/her immediate vicinity to conduct a welfare check. All you have to know is the Soldier's name, although it's helpful to provide as much identifying information as possible. The hotline is staffed 24/7 and also works to resolve military-related medical concerns for Soldiers and Family Members. (There are separate hotlines for other branches of the military, which the Army's call-takers will share upon request)
After Deployment Self-Assessment Wellness resources for the military community

Battle Buddy App
This is a user friendly app that gives you tools
and information needed to assist in suicide
intervention and other crisis situations.It also
provides tips and tools to help you intervene
before the situation reaches crisis proportions.

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I want to get trained

Ask Care Escort (ACE)
       Fort Meade offers two types of this training

  •  ACE Training
    • This is a 90 minute class that is open to anyone on installation who wants to learn more about suicide awareness.
    •  This is an educational training on suicide awareness that helps to inform individuals on possible signs and symptoms of people at risk.

  • ACE Suicide Intervention
    • This is a 4 hour course that is offered quarterly and is open to anyone over the age of 18 who wishes to learn more about suicide intervention, including military, civilians, and family members.
    • This helps individuals feel comfortable with asking a person at risk if they are thinking of suicide and caring for them by escorting them to get  the help they need.

To request training, please email Torrie Osterholm, Suicide Prevention Program Manager

NAMI- HomeFront
This is a free 6- session educational program that addresses the unique needs of a military family. Through this course you will gain mutual support, compassion and reinforcement from other families that are going through the same thing.

This program teaches you:
  • How to manage crises, solve problems and communicate effectively
  • To care for yourself- including stress management
  • Develop the confidence and stamina to support your family member with compassion
  • Identify and access federal, state and local services
  • Stay informed on the latest research and information on mental health
  • Understand current treatments
  • Navigate the challenges and impacts of mental health conditions on the entire family

Currently offered in Prince Georges County - coming soon to Anne Arundel County! To find out more information visit

NAMI of Anne Arundel County

I want to get involved
YSA A great way to get involved with Suicide Prevention in our community is through the YSA. You can find more information regarding this organization and membership under Welcome to the YSA. Our meetings are typically held on the second Tuesday on the month. If you are interested in attending YSA Meetings and getting more involved with our organization, contact our chair at

AFSP The American Foundation for Suicide Prevention is a national organization with local chapters. The Maryland AFSP chapter is based out of Washington D.C, and sponsors events through the entire state of Maryland. One of the most well-known events is The Out of the Darkness Walk. Anne Arundel County will be hosting the Annapolis walk on September 12 at the city dock; you can find more information here. For more information on how to volunteer with the local chapter, or call (646) 632-5189. 

Youth Suicide Awareness Action Team,
Mar 8, 2016, 12:50 PM