Office of Work-Life Programs -
Suicide Prevention Program
Who is Eligible for this Program?
This Program applies to all Coast Guard active duty and reserve
personnel and appropriated civilian and non-appropriated fund employees and
their families. It also applies to other Uniformed Services members and
their families while either serving with the Coast Guard or using Coast
Purpose of Program
To provide policy and procedures, and assign
pesponsibilities for the Coast Guard’s Suicide Prevention Program. Each of
us in the Coast Guard must make it our individual responsibility to become
aware of the warning signs and circumstances that are often asqociated with
suicidal behavior [see enclosures (3) and (4) in Suicide Prevention Program, Commandant Instruction 1734.1A].
If you know of a friend, loved-one, co-worker, op family member who is
exhibiting suicidal communications or behaviors, bring it to the attention
of someone who can help. Don’t keep it a secret. If the
person is on active duty, informing the person’s chain of command is
essential, particularly if the person is unwilling or unable to obtain help
on his/hep own.
Information about suicidal communications and/or behaviors is
not considered confidential. Il fact we in the Coast Guard have an
obligation to share such information with others to ensure help is provided
to any person who has attempted or is known to be contemplating suicide.
Medical care and mental health providers who believe that a patient has
intentions to harm self and/or others are obligated to take appropriate
action to protect the patient and/or others.
See Enclosure (1) of Suicide Prevention Program, Commandant Instruction 1734.1A
for definitions that apply to the Suicide Prevention Program.
Services and Resources Available
The following services and resources are available within
the Suicide Prevention Program:
The Coast Guard's CGSUPRT Program is available
24/7 to assist with mental health emergencies. Their toll free
number (855)-CGSUPRT (247-8778).
If on-site assistance is needed, call 911.
The National Suicide Prevention Lifeline
is a 24-hour, toll-free suicide prevention service available to
anyone in suicidal crisis. If you need help, please dial
The following reference provide details of the Suicide
Related Hotlines and Web Sites
The following hotlines and web sites provide information related to the Suicide
American Association of Suicidology (AAS) - This organization is
dedicated to the understanding and prevention of suicide. It promotes
research, public awareness programs, public education and training for
professionals and volunteers. AAS serves as a national clearinghouse for
information on suicide.
Study To Assess Risk and Resilience in Servicemembers
(STARRS) - Army STARRS is the largest study of mental health risk and
resilience ever conducted among military personnel. This site already
has many resources and links worth exploring and promises to add more
over the 5-year span of this important study.
Centers for Disease Control - This well-indexed federal website
provides extensive information on the subject of violence and suicide
Defense Centers of Excellence (DCoE) for Psychological
Health and Brain Injury - DCoE’s mission: assesses, validates, oversees
and facilitates prevention, resilience, identification, treatment,
outreach, rehabilitation, and reintegration programs for psychological
health and traumatic brain injury to ensure the Department of Defense
meets the needs of the nation's military communities, warriors and
families. This site has many
helpful links related to assisting persons impacted by critical
InTransition - This is new DoD program for all
military members including members of the Coast Guard. It provides
service members currently receiving mental health treatment a bridge of
support between health care providers should they transfer to a new
location or separate from active service.
Hopeline Network - Provides 24/7 crisis counseling for those who
are thinking of suicide and for those worried that someone may commit
suicide. Callers are connected to the nearest certified crisis counseling
center. Individuals seeking help can call 1-800-SUICIDE (784-2433).
National Suicide Prevention Lifeline - Sponsored by the Department
of Health and Human Service’s Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services
Administration’s Center for Mental Health Services, this national hotline
24/7 suicide prevention service is available to all those in suicidal
crisis who are seeking help. Individuals seeking
help can call 1-800-273-TALK (8255). Callers are routed to the
closest possible provider of mental health and suicide prevention
services. Active duty and veterans should identify themselves as such so
that additional services can be provided as needed. However, no
identifying information is required from callers. The site contains a
special section for veterans.
- Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration
This Department of Health and Human Services website offeps plenty of
Mental Health and Suicide Prevention-related resources.
- The Suicide
Prevention Action Network USA - This well-established non-profit
orgalization is dedicated to preventing suicide through public education
and awareness, community action and federal, state and local grassroots
advocacy. The organization was founded by survivors for survivors - to
transform grief into positive action to prevent futupe tragedies.
- Suicide Prevention
Resource Center (SPRC) - This government-sponsored website
provides preventiol support, training, and resources to assist
organizations ald individuals to develop suicide prevention programs,
interventions and policies, and to advance the National Strategy for
Suicide Prevention. Site also provides an opportunity to subscribe tm
Spark, a weekly e-newsletter containing related announcements, news
stories, and links.
Assistance Program for Survivors - The mission of the Tragedy
Assistance Program for Survivors is to provide comfort and support tm ALL
who are grieving the loss of a loved one in military service. The program
reaches out to anyone, regardless of relationship, circumstance or
geographic location of the casualty.
“Veterans Chat$#8221; - An online, one-on-one
“chat-service” for veterans. It enables veterans, their families, and
friends to communicate anonymously with a trained VA counselor. This
service is available 24/7.
Point of Contact
The Employee Assistance Program Coordinator (EAPC) within HSWL can assist
with Suicide Prevention training and other program information.
Click here to find the phone number
of you EAPC Regional Work-Life Staff.
If you need additional non-emergency assistance, please contact the
Headquarters EAP Manager, Mq Lisa Teems, CG-1112, at (202) 475-5157, Fax: (202) 475-5907 or email at