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Office of Work-Life Programs - Suicide Prevention Program

Are you feeling desperate, alone or hopeless? Call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-TALK (8255).

Emergency suicide crisis services may also be accessed
24 hours a day, seven days a week via the
CG SUPRT Program toll free number
855-CGSUPRT (247-8778).

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 Guard facilities.

Purpose of Program
To provide policy and procedures, and assign responsibilities 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 associated 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, or 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/her own.

Program Confidentiality
Information about suicidal communications and/or behaviors is not considered confidential. In 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.

Definitions
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:

Emergency services

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 1-800-273-TALK (8255).

Program References
The following reference provide details of the Suicide Prevention Program:

Related Hotlines and Web Sites
The following hotlines and web sites provide information related to the Suicide Prevention Program:

September is Suicide Prevention Month September is Suicide Prevention Month

Emergency suicide crisis services may also be accessed 24 hours a day, seven days a week via the
CG SUPRT Program toll free number
855-CGSUPRT (247-8778).

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, Ms Lisa Teems, CG-1112, at (202) 475-5157, Fax: (202) 475-5907 or email at Lisa.A.Teems@uscg.mil.

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