Army Suicide Prevention Program (ASSP)

Regular Army: Active Duty

Benefit Fact Sheet

Summary

The Army Suicide Prevention Program (ASSP) is an integral component of Army’s Ready and Resilient Campaign (R2C). The Army Suicide Prevention Program improves readiness of the Army through the development and enhancement of Army Suicide Prevention Program policies, training, data collection and analysis, and strategic communications designed to minimize suicide behavior; thereby preserving mission effectiveness through individual readiness and resilience for Soldiers, Army Civilians and Family members.

Note : The Army Suicide Prevention Office is NOT a crisis center and does not provide counseling services. If you are feeling distressed or hopeless, thinking about death or wanting to die, or, if you are concerned about someone who may be suicidal, please contact Suicide Prevention Lifeline at: 1-800-273-TALK (8255).

Eligibility

Active Duty Soldiers, Army National Guard, Army Reserve members, and their dependents who are eligible for treatment in the military health system are eligible for service.

It takes the courage and strength of a warrior to ask for help

Benefit Highlights

The Army Strategy for Suicide Prevention closely follows the National Strategy for Suicide Prevention. It is organized according to the four Strategic Directions of the National Strategy:

  1. Healthy and Empowered Individuals, Families, and Communities

  2. Clinical and Community Support Services

  3. Treatment and Recovery Services

  4. Surveillance, Research, and Evaluation

The four strategic directions are interrelated and interactive rather than standalone items. Several broad themes are at the core of the National Strategy and are addressed across all four strategic directions.

The Army’s Suicide Prevention Care Continuum recognizes that all individuals are always in one of the following three phases and incorporates these three Prevention Elements:

  1. Prevention: Individuals in this area are perceived as unaffected by stressors and demonstrate no indicators of increased risk. The Army’s objective is to provide training and support to keep all members of the Army Family in this phase as much as possible. This phase aligns with the National Strategy’s “Universal” prevention element.

  2. Intervention: Individuals in this phase have signaled that they are at increased risk and require institutional intervention. The duration of this phase is dependent on the individual’s response to intervention. This phase aligns best with the National Strategy’s “Selective” prevention element.

  3. Postvention : The post-event stage coincides with the outcome of probable high risk behavior requiring institutional intervention. Individuals in this phase have attempted suicide or are the survivors (Spouses, Children, parents or significant others) of the individual who completed suicide. Actions in this phase seek to return the failed suicide attempt to Intervention and then Prevention, and to assist Family members and others associated with the attempted or completed suicidal act. This phase aligns with the “Indicated” prevention element.

Suicide Prevention Training

The Army conducts annual suicide prevention training for all Soldiers using the Ask, Care Escort (ACE) training model. The goal of training is to increase awareness of suicide risk factors and warning signs, resources available, and to encourage intervention with at-risk members.

Training Requirements:

  1. Ask, Care Escort (ACE) Training ACE is the Army-approved suicide prevention and awareness training model. ACE is approximately one and one half hours long. The key training objective is awareness training (risk factors and warning signs). IAW AR 600-63 ACE training is conducted annually. US Army Public Health Command (PHC) Provisional has developed training focused at: Soldiers, Leaders, DA Civilians and Families. Completion of training for Soldiers and Leaders will be documented in the Digital Training Management System (DTMS) and the Individual Training Record (ITR) IAW AR 350-1.

  2. Training Videos, Tip Card, and more... Select this option to access training videos and guides and to order ACE cards, posters and other training tools from Public Health Command.

  3. Suicide Intervention Training for Gatekeepers Applied Suicide Intervention Skills Training (ASIST) is the Army-approved intervention training for Gatekeepers.

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Additional Information
Document Review Date: 15 December 2020