Simple ACTs of kindness make a difference...and may save a life.
Ask Care Treat (ACT) is Navy's call-to-action to encourage early intervention when a Sailor is experiencing difficulty navigating stress or may be at risk for suicide. All Sailors and members of the Navy community should be able to recognize the risk factors and warning signs that indicate a potential suicidal crisis, and should feel confident in their ability to ACT:
Ask - Ask directly: are you thinking of killing yourself?
Care - Listen without judgment. Show that you care.
Treat - Get the Sailor immediate assistance. Escort him or her to the nearest chaplain, trusted leader or medical professional for treatment.
Annual case reviews consistently reveal missed opportunities to "connect the dots" when a Sailor is experiencing the negative effects of stress, psychological health concerns or exhibiting uncharacteristic behavior. Active communication and ongoing dialogue about stress, psychological health and suicide can motivate positive action and open the door for lifesaving intervention. Talking about suicide doesn't give a person morbid thoughts; rather, it's one of the most helpful things we can do to uphold a culture that supports seeking help as a sign of strength. It's about being there for Every Sailor, Every Day.
Click the links in the side bar to learn more about risk factors, warning signs and protective factors.