Suicide Prevention: Suicide Prevention for Department of the Army Civilians
ARMY CENTER FOR HEALTH PROMOTION AND PREVENTIVE MEDICINE ABERDEEN PROVING GROUND MD
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Dr. David Satcher, Surgeon General of the United States, declared in 1999 that suicide is a serious public health threat, launching a national effort to develop strategies to prevent suicide and the suffering it causes. The Army followed his direction and in December 1999, the Chief of Staff of the Army directed a review of the Army Suicide Prevention Program ASPP. In 2000, the Army G-1, the Behavioral Health Proponent at the Army Office of the Surgeon General OTSG, and the Office of Chief of Chaplains completed a review and determined that the ASPP was basically sound however, it needed to emphasize greater leadership involvement and offer more advanced training. In 2001, the Army implemented the Suicide Prevention Campaign Plan that emphasized prevention and intervention measures, directed commanders to take ownership, and synchronized and integrated resources at an installation level. In compliance with the need for more advanced training, the Army G-1 funded intervention training in 2002 by contracting with Living Works and initiated the Applied Suicide Intervention Skills Training workshops with accompanying computer interactive computer disk. In 2005, the Army G-1 funded Question, Persuade, Refer workshops Army-wide to provide an additional resource in suicide prevention awareness and intervention training.