Sailor Assistance and Intercept for Life (SAIL)
SAIL is an evidence-based approach to intervention that provides rapid assistance, ongoing risk assessment, care coordination and reintegration assistance for service members identified with a suicide related behavior (SRB). Risk is assessed at key intervals using the Columbia Suicide Severity Rating Scale (C-SSRS) and managed using the VA Safety Plan through a series of contacts over 90 days following an SRB. Participation in this program is voluntary.
SAIL is not designed to replace existing suicide prevention efforts nor replace needed mental health services. It is not a form of treatment. SAIL case managers are Fleet and Family Support Center (FFSC) counselors who will maintain contact with Sailors, healthcare providers and command leadership, assisting with care coordination and engaging additional resources as needed.
Navy Suicide Prevention Branch (OPNAV N171), together with Commander, Navy Installations Command (CNIC) and the Bureau of Navy Medicine and Surgery (BUMED), launched the first phase of the SAIL Program in the Pacific Northwest Region in August 2016. The program became available Navy-wide in February 2017.
SAIL Policy Guidance and Resources
- NAVADMIN 208/16: Suicide Prevention and Response - Sailor Assistance and Intercept for Life
- NAVADMIN 027/17: Sailor Assistance and Intercept for Life Update
- SAIL Leadership Messaging: Fact sheet designed for leaders, offering informed responses to common questions Sailors may have about the SAIL Program
- SAIL Training: Mandatory self-paced training for all suicide prevention coordinators
- CNIC SAIL Waterfall Brochure: Designed for SAIL stakeholders including command leaders, medical providers, chaplains, etc. to communicate about the program with Sailors
- CNIC SAIL Rack Card and Poster: Designed for public display to share information about the SAIL program
When an SRB occurs, the SPC will submit the following information via encrypted email to mill_n17_SAIL.firstname.lastname@example.org, subject: SAIL
a) OPREP/SITREP DTG
b) Date of Incident
c) Sailor's Last Name
d) Sailor's First Name
e) Sailor's Middle Initial
f) Sailor's Rank
g) Sailor's Work Phone
h) Sailor's Email Address
i) Sailor's Current Location (City, State, Country)
j) For Reserve Component Sailors only, indicate status: (FTS, SELRES on orders, SELRES not on orders)
m) Commanding Officer's Name
n) Commanding Officer's Phone
o) Commanding Officer's Email
If you are unable to send an encrypted message to this mailbox, please try the following:
1. Go to https://dod411.gds.disa.mil
2. Enter the email of the functional account (mill_n17_SAIL.email@example.com)
3. Click "Search"
4. Click "BUPERS"
5. Click the appropriate download link (usually: "Download Certificate(s) as vCard Outlook & Internet Explorer or Netscape 7.x Required")
6. Select Certificate
7. Click "Save"
8. Once downloaded, member can send encrypted emails to functional account
Contact Navy Suicide Prevention Branch at 901-874-6613 (DSN: 882-6613).