Risk & Protective Factors
Simple ACTs of kindness make a difference...and may save a life.
Even under extreme stress, the presence of protective factors helps us effectively navigate through life's challenges. A sense of community and genuine support from leadership, shipmates, family and friends can help counter risk factors for stress injuries, such as extreme feelings of hopelessness and/or difficult transitions. Suicide prevention is an all hands evolution and we must empower ourselves with the knowledge to ACT so that a Sailor in distress receives the help needed to thrive, not just survive.
ASK if someone is depressed and thinking about suicide.
Let them know you CARE.
Get them assistance (TREATment) as soon as possible.
Talking about suicide doesn't give a person morbid thoughts. Rather, it's one of the most helpful things we can do to encourage our shipmates that It's Okay to Speak Up When You're Down. Seeking help is a sign of strength, and we can take the first step together.
For more information on suicide risk factors, protective factors and warning signs, select from the menu to the left.