Saving lives requires vigilance. Each tragic loss to suicide has far reaching impact on families, friends, and Marines left behind. At the unit level, suicide effects morale, unit cohesion, and ultimately unit effectiveness and readiness of Marines. Our prevention programs are designed to help Marines who are thinking about suicide or engaging in suicidal behavior, and those who may be at risk for suicide because of a mental disorder, or because they belong to a group with higher rates of suicide attempts or deaths. If you recognize warning signs or believe someone is in immediate danger, call 911 or seek help from a mental health care provider. To learn more, visit https://www.militaryonesource.mil/ or call 800-342-9647.
ARE YOU IN CRISIS?
Please call 1-800-273-TALK
Are you feeling desperate, alone or hopeless? Call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-TALK (8255), a free, 24-hour hotline available to anyone in suicidal crisis or emotional distress. Your call will be routed to the nearest crisis center to you.
- Call for yourself or someone you care about
- Free and confidential
- A network of more than 140 crisis centers nationwide
- Available 24/7
NEVER LEAVE A MARINE BEHIND
ON THE BATTLEFIELD OR AT HOME
SUICIDE DOES NOT DISCRIMINATE. EVERYONE IS AT RISK
Suicide is the 3rd leading cause of death in the Marine Corps. The Marine Corps views suicide prevention as the responsibility of the entire Marine Corps community and it is the duty of Marines, family members, and friends to encourage those who are troubled to seek help.
WHAT ARE THE WARNING SIGNS?
- Top Risk Factors
- Access to Lethal Means
- Relationship Challenges
- Administrative/legal challenges
- Hesitancy to access care due to perceived stigma
WHAT ARE THE RISK FACTORS?
- Relationship problems
- Legal or Work Problems
- Family History of Suicide
- Alcohol or drug use
- History of Physical or Sexual Abuse
- Social Isolation
- Physical illness
- Past Suicide Attempt
- History of Violence or Hostility
- Unwillingness to seek help
- Access to means to kill oneself
WHAT CAN I DO?
- Ask open-ended questions, i.e., “How are things going?”
- Lend support/Be Willing to Listen
- Share your Concern for their Well-being
- Remove any weapons, pill, or rope
- Do Not Leave the Marine Alone
- Seek Professional Help Right Away
The most important thing to do if you are concerned or recognize warning signs is to TAKE ACTION. If a buddy is suicidal you may not get a second chance to save the Marine’s life.
GET HELP NOW
Chain of Command
Please see your appointed Suicide Prevention Officer for your Marine unit.
National Suicide Prevention Hotline
Veterans Crisis Line
Call or text 988 then press 1
National Hopeline Network
DCoE Outreach Call Center
HQMC Suicide Prevention
Marine Corps Suicide Prevention Program (MRS)
Headquarters United States Marine Corps
3280 Russell Rd. Quantico, VA 22134
SUICIDE PREVENTION BRIEF
Designed to meet three objectives:
- Define terms related to suicide and teach facts about suicide
- Be able to recognize signs and symptoms of suicidal persons
- Discussion of R.A.C.E.
R.A.C.E. SUICIDE ALERT
- Recognize distress in your Marine Note changes in personality, emotions or behavior.
- Ask your Marine Calmly question and if necessary ask directly, “Are you thinking about killing yourself?”
- Care for your Marine Don’t judge, control situation peacefully and keep everyone safe.
- Escort your Marine Stay with your buddy and escort to chain of command chaplain, medical, or behavioral health professional.
Marine & Family Programs’ goal is a foundation of readiness and resiliency. We reinforce that foundation with personalized service, and an innovative approach.
We hold as our guiding principles, that:
- We Do the Right Thing
- Our Mission is You
- There is No Wrong Door