SUICIDE PREVENTION QUARTERLY UPDATE

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REF/A/DOC/OPNAV/04AUG2009//
REF/B/DOC/OPNAV/22DEC2009//
REF/C/MSG/CNO WASHINGTON DC/231556Z APR 09//
NARR/REF A IS OPNAVINST 1720.4A - SUICIDE PREVENTION PROGRAM.  
REF B IS OPNAVINST F3100.6J - SPECIAL INCIDENT REPORTING 
(OPREP-3 PINNACLE, OPREP-3 NAVY BLUE, AND OPREP-3 NAVY UNIT 
SITREP) PROCEDURES.  REF C IS NAVADMIN 122/09 - SUICIDE AND 
SUICIDE ATTEMPT REPORTING.//

RMKS/1.  THIS QUARTERLY SUICIDE PREVENTION UPDATE ADDRESSES 
THE CRITICAL ROLE VIGILANCE AND EARLY INTERVENTION PLAY IN 
SUICIDE PREVENTION.  IT IS IMPORTANT TO RECOGNIZE SUICIDE 
PREVENTION IS AN ALL HANDS EFFORT.  SUICIDE AWARENESS TRAINING 
PROVIDES INFORMATION ABOUT RISK FACTORS, WARNING SIGNS, AND 
RESPOND TO GET A SHIPMATE TO SAFETY.  TO STRENGTHEN OUR SUICIDE 
PREVENTION NETWORK, I ENCOURAGE ALL TO REVIEW THE INFORMATION 
AVAILABLE AT HTTP://WWW.SUICIDE.NAVY.MIL AND SHARE THIS 
KNOWLEDGE WITH YOUR FAMILY AND SHIPMATES.  BY IMPROVING 
AWARENESS, ELIMINATING MISPERCEPTIONS, AND REMOVING BARRIERS 
THAT PREVENT OUR PEOPLE FROM SEEKING THE SUPPORT AVAILABLE TO 
THEM, WE CAN ACHIEVE OUR GOAL OF SAVING LIVES.

2.  2010 SUICIDE STATISTICS TO DATE.  PRELIMINARY REPORTS 
INDICATE WE HAVE LOST 29 ACTIVE-DUTY SAILORS AND FOUR SELECTED 
RESERVE SAILORS (NOT IN A DUTY STATUS) TO SUICIDE FROM 1 JANUARY 
TO 31 OCTOBER 2010.  DURING THIS PERIOD, MORE THAN 1,300 SAILORS 
REACHED OUT FOR HELP, OR SOMEONE REACHED OUT TO HELP THEM, 
CONSISTENT WITH OUR SUICIDE PREVENTION TRAINING.

3.  DOD/VA 2011 ANNUAL SUICIDE PREVENTION CONFERENCE.  THE DOD/VA 
ANNUAL SUICIDE PREVENTION CONFERENCE "ALL THE WAY HOME:  
PREVENTING SUICIDE AMONG SERVICEMEMBERS AND VETERANS" WILL TAKE 
PLACE 14-17 MARCH 2011 AT THE HYMES CONVENTION CENTER IN BOSTON, 
MA AT 900 BOYLSTON STREET.  LEADERS, CARE PROVIDERS, SUICIDE 
PREVENTION COORDINATORS, AND TRAINERS WHO WISH TO ATTEND CAN 
FIND REGISTRATION INFORMATION AT 
HTTP://WWW.DCOE.HEALTH.MIL/EVENTS.ASPX.

4.  KNOW YOU ARE VALUED AND YOUR LIFE IS WORTH LIVING.  PLEASE 
EXTEND THAT MESSAGE TO THE PEOPLE IN YOUR WORKSPACE, FAMILY, 
AND DAY-TO-DAY LIFE.  SOME USEFUL NUMBERS FOR YOUR COMMANDS AND 
FAMILIES ARE THE NATIONAL LIFELINE 1-800-273-TALK AND MILITARY 
ONE SOURCE 1-800-342-9647.  FOR MORE INFORMATION ABOUT SUICIDE 
PREVENTION, GO TO HTTP://WWW.SUICIDE.NAVY.MIL. 

5.  MY POINT OF CONTACT:  LCDR BONNIE CHAVEZ, OPNAV (N135F), AT 
(901) 874-6613/DSN 882, OR VIA E-MAIL AT BONNIE.CHAVEZ(AT)NAVY.MIL.

6.  RELEASED BY VADM MARK FERGUSON, N1.//
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