By Navy Personnel Command Public Affairs
MILLINGTON, Tenn. – Navy leaders remind Sailors and families that remembering to ACT can make all the difference in preventing suicide, officials said in a suicide prevention update released Oct. 7.
“This year, more than 1,400 Sailors at some level of personal crisis were reached by a shipmate, family member, friend or leader who remembered to ACT and found help,” said Master Chief Petty Officer of the Navy, MCPON(SS/SW) Rick D. West. “I want to thank each of you who had the courage to seek help and those of you who recognized a need and reached out to help a Shipmate.”
ACT, which stands for Ask, Care, Treat, is an acronym to remind Sailors and their families of what they can do if they encounter a Shipmate, friend or loved one who may need help.
Warning signs include:
• Suicidal ideation
• Substance abuse
Sailors should familiarize themselves with warning signs for depression and suicide and review resources available to help Sailors in crisis. Medical, base or shipboard chaplains and Fleet and Family Service Centers are resources where Sailors can get help for themselves or their shipmates.
“Just remember to ACT - Ask the question, care and help them find treatment,” said West.
NAVADMIN 299/11 highlights additional information and resources that can help Sailors to ACT. Preventing suicides and connecting those in need of support is a top priority among leadership.
“I ask that our Sailors take time to strengthen their capacity to reach out and help. Know the warning signs and be familiar with where to go for help," said West. "We have a duty to seek support, reach out to one another and to live life to the fullest."
For more information, read the NAVADMIN available or www.npc.navy.mil and visit www.suicide.navy.mil.