Mustin Furthers Suicide Prevention Awareness 
By Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Devon Dow 
PACIFIC OCEAN - Sailors assigned to guided-missile destroyer USS Mustin (DDG 89) took part in suicide prevention training on the ship’s mess decks Sept. 11.

The hour-long training helped Sailors recognize the warning signs that may suggest an individual could be thinking about committing suicide. Two sessions of the training were given throughout the day to ensure all hands had the opportunity to attend.

The training consisted of a presentation led by Destroyer Squadron (DESRON) 15 Deputy Chaplain, Lt. Robert Mills, and concluded with a question and answer session.

“All of us are on the deck plates everyday, Sailors of all different ranks can have suicidal thoughts,” Mills said.  “By providing this training, all Sailors can look up and down the chain of command and recognize signs, symptoms and potential risk factors and intervene to take care of them. This course sends a very strong message, Sailors taking care of Sailors.”

Mustin Commanding Officer, Cmdr. Joseph Ring, stressed the significance of his entire crew receiving the training.

“This program is of vital importance to the Mustin Nation, not only because it’s a mission readiness and performance issue, but more importantly because it is a personal issue,” he said. “Operating forward deployed can bring about many challenges to a Sailor’s life, we want to get this training out to let our Sailors know that they matter; and as a Shipmate, to take care of one another.”

Personnel Specialist 3rd Class Jarvis Joseph, a native of Marietta, Ga., said the training provided a lot of information that was beneficial and can help raise the awareness of suicide prevention contributing to a healthy work environment.

“I think its good training for the crew,” Joseph added. “ Something as simple as asking another Sailor about how their day is going can mean a lot, especially when we are at sea and away from family and friends. Today’s training gives us good ways to prevent a Shipmate from harming themselves and point them in the right direction to get proper treatment.”

September is National Suicide Prevention Awareness Month and the Navy is using the month as a launch pad to focus on Navy's ongoing suicide prevention efforts, officials announced in NAVADMIN 259/12 released Aug. 27.

Mustin, commanded by Cmdr. Joseph Ring, is one of seven guided missile destroyers assigned to Destroyer Squadron (DESRON 15) and is forward deployed to Yokosuka, Japan.

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