UNITED STATES MARINE CORPS MARINE CORPS SUICIDE PREVENTION PROGRAM (MCSPP) MARCH 2009 ALL-HANDS TRAINING
Suicide Prevention Insert Commanding General Video
Current Situation • Rate in decline since 1997 • 41 Marines in Calendar Year 2008 • Why the increase? • Cannot afford to sleep any longer.
Current Situation Marine Deaths by Suicide CY 2008
Current Situation • Marine Corps is mostly: • White • Male • Young • E1 – E5 • Who’s at risk? • Everyone!
Current Situation Increase over the last 2 years Not necessarily linked to deployment Number of Suicides
Top 5 Suicide Associated Stressors • Romantic relationship problems (49%) 2. Work related problems (34%) 3. Pending negative legal or administrative action (33%) 4. Physical health problem (33%) 5. Job dissatisfaction (28%)
BODY HEART HEAD BUDDY RIFLE Weapons Ready Model
Weapons Ready Model HEAD Risky Behavior Negative Thinking Legal Financial
Weapons Ready Model HEART Aggressive Behavior Humiliation Relationships Hopeless
Drugs Weapons Ready Model BODY Diet Sleep Alcohol
Weapons Ready Model BUDDY Withdraw Prized Possessions
Weapons Ready Model RIFLE Your rifle’s not ready if you are preoccupied in other ways. Your rifle is your gear, all your gear. Is all your training up to date?
Weapons Ready Scenario Drill Instructor Sergeant Richard Stumpf 25 NOV 1969 – 31 OCT 1994
BODY HEART HEAD BUDDY RIFLE Weapons Ready Guided Discussion
Suicide Prevention Insert Colonel Video
A.C.E. Ask your fellow Marine • If they are acting differently there is most likely a reason. Care about your fellow Marine • Listen to what your fellow Marine is saying. Are they asking for help? Escort your fellow Marine • Take your fellow Marine to the help they need.
Local Resources MODIFY SLIDE FOR LOCAL RESOURCES AS APPROPRIATE • Fellow Marine • Chain of Command • Battalion Aid Station – XXX-XXX-XXXX • Chaplain – XXX-XXX-XXXX • MCCS – XXX-XXX-XXXX • Red Cross – XXX-XXX-XXXX • Installation Hospital/ Clinic – XXX-XXX-XXXX • 911
National Resources • National Suicide Hotline • 24-hour, toll-free suicide prevention service • 1-800-273-TALK (8255) • Military OneSource • nonmedical counseling services • www.militaryonesource.com • 1-800-342-9647
National Resources Headquarters Marine Corps Suicide Prevention • www.usmc-mccs.org/suicideprevent Leaders Guide to managing Marines in distress • www.usmc-mccs.org/leadersguide
Leaders Guide to Managing Marines in Distress 911 Resources Guided Discussion
Summary • Critical issue for the Marine Corps. • Everyone is vulnerable. • Weapons Ready model. • Lots of resources available. • You wouldn’t leave an injured buddy on the battlefield, you won’t ignore an injured buddy in garrison.