Studies of suicides among Sailors have revealed that there are key communities – gatekeepers – who tend to interact more often with Sailors who are at a heightened risk of suicide. Because of their more frequent contact with at-risk Sailors, they require enhanced and in-depth training on ways to assess and address suicide risk.
Corpsmen, families and ombudsmen, Sailors working as staff in Transitional Personnel Units (TPUs) or other barracks, instructors and staff in school houses, and attorneys and other members of the legal staff interact most frequently with Sailors at high risk for suicide. These are our Navy gatekeepers.
These trainings are designed not only to educate on suicide prevention, but also to provide the skills to accurately assess someone at risk and develop a plan. These trainings are based on the Defense Suicide Prevention Office (DSPO) DoD required training competencies.
The trainings are not required, but they are encouraged. They can replace the annual General Military Training (GMT) for each of these communities and may be taught by a mental health provider, Fleet and Family Support Center (FFSC), Chaplains, Deployment Resiliency Counselors or trained suicide prevention coordinators (SPCs).
The trainings are accompanied by lesson plans. The final slide of each training contains a link to free video training that anyone can use. They are user-friendly for small group discussions in accordance with the new GMT design.
The lesson plans and trainings for each gatekeeper community are available below.
Annual Suicide Prevention Month Webinar
Each year, Navy Suicide Prevention Branch's Every Sailor, Every Day campaign co-hosts a webinar with Navy & Marine Corps Public Health Center to share industry research and best practices as well as lessons learned from Navy's Annual Cross Disciplinary Case Reviews. These webinars are designed for suicide prevention coordinators and gatekeepers.
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.