USS Dwight D. Eisenhower (CVN 69) Sailors form the phone number to the Military Crisis Line, illustrating that suicide prevention is an all hands evolution.
Navy Suicide Prevention Branch, OPNAV N171, is comprised of the Suicide Prevention and Operational Stress Control (OSC) Programs. The branch's goal is to minimize suicide risk by enabling Sailors to thrive as a psychologically healthy, resilient and mission-effective people through knowledge, responsibility and resources.
Per OPNAVINST 1720.4A, every command is required to maintain a robust Suicide Prevention Program, helping to equip Sailors with the knowledge, skills and resources to proactively navigate stress, support one another and respond appropriately in the event of a crisis.
ü Training – Training should educate Sailors on suicide risk factors and warning signs, actions to strengthen protective factors and promote supportive command climates, when and how to intervene appropriately, and how to access available resources.
ü Intervention – Proactive planning for crisis intervention, addressing the process for identification, referral, access to treatment and follow-up procedures for personnel who are at imminent risk of suicide.
ü Response – Timely and appropriate support for Sailors experiencing a psychological health or suicidal crisis, as well as those affected by suicide (including shipmates and families).
ü Reporting – Immediate reporting of suicide and suicide related behaviors to mobilize appropriate resources and inform command and Navy-wide suicide prevention efforts.