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In this issue: Keeping the Connection Strong through Counseling, February Plan of the Week Notes, Lifelink Spotlight, and How Stress Impacts Heart Health. Find these articles and other news you can use in Lifelink February, available here.
Gatekeeper Training is now available for Navy communities who most frequently interact with Sailors at elevated risk for suicide. See more information on gatekeeper communities and download the lesson plans and trainings here
The DoD Suicide Prevention Training Competency Framework (SPTCF)
The SPTCF has been developed through a collaboration between the Defense Suicide Prevention Office (DSPO), the Services, and other partners to serve as a framework to support standardized suicide prevention gatekeeper training and education activities and to increase suicide prevention capabilities among all stakeholders in the DoD community. The document is available to download (here).
Free Gun Locks Available
A limited quantity of gun locks were shipped to Fleet and Family Support Centers (FFSCs) and Navy Operational Support Centers (NOSCs) in July 2017. Gun locks have been proven effective in reducing suicides during at-risk periods. A few extra moments to retrieve and unlock a firearm can interrupt the impulse for suicide
and open the door for help. Gun locks are available free of charge to Sailors and their families, made possible by Navy Suicide Prevention Branch in partnership with the Defense Suicide Prevention Office (DSPO) and Department of Veterans Affairs (VA).
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