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Minnesota National Guard
Suicide Prevention
SUICIDE PREVENTION HOTLINE

(800) 273-TALK (8255)


It Takes Strength to Ask for Help Life is full of challenges and sometimes Service members or their families can find the challenges overwhelming. If you or someone you know is experiencing any of the following symptoms, PLEASE CALL THE VETERANS CRISIS LINE at 800-273-8255 (TALK).

More information at Beyond The Yellow Ribbon.



Suicide Prevention Message from Minnesota National Guard Senior Enlisted Advisor Command Sgt. Major Cynthia Kallberg.

Suicide Prevention

The Minnesota Department of Health released its most recent suicide data in August, highlighting an increase in adult suicides. The statewide suicide statistics follow a national trend and the Minnesota National Guard is not exempt from this societal issue. Reported suicides in the Minnesota Army National Guard are the highest in the nation. As a result, we have developed robust suicide prevention efforts. Our Soldiers and Airmen are our most valuable resource and the well-being of our members is the top concern of Minnesota National Guard leaders.

The causes of suicide are difficult to define and different in each tragic case. The top issues relating to suicide in the Minnesota National Guard are consistent with those seen throughout society: employment, relationships, mental health, substance abuse and finances.

The Minnesota National Guard is working to address this problem. This past year, we documented 37 successful suicide interventions. We trained 247 members of our force as Suicide Intervention Officers using the Applied Suicide Intervention Skills Training model which prepares fellow service members to recognize individuals who are at risk. We also introduced a smartphone application as a tool for service members in distress.

This past year we conducted suicide stand-downs to address prevention efforts for each person in our organization and provided unit commanders with the tools to track at-risk service members. Additionally, four directors of psychological health are on call to provide expert assistance to soldiers and airmen.

Resilience training is a key component of our overall psychological health focus. By teaching coping skills to our service members, we will better prepare them to deal with the challenges and adversity they may face both in the military and in civilian life. In 2013, we trained 118 Master Resilience Trainers and 168 Resilience Training Assistants.

The Minnesota National Guard strives to increase community awareness about the societal issues of suicide in order to connect our service members and their families with local resources.
Suicide Prevention Articles

Embracing the Hole and War
10/16/2012

Importance of Yellow Ribbon Networks
05/11/2012

MPR News Primer: Minnesota National Guard at war
04/16/2012

Red Bulls for hire
03/22/2012

Beyond the yellow ribbon
03/02/2012

Police, National Guard Raising Awareness about Suicide (video)
02/06/2012

Iraq, Afghan wars cycle down, anti-suicide program for Minn. veterans ramps up (audio)
11/01/2011

Gold Star Retreat
10/28/2011

Anti-suicide program for military runs low
10/02/2011

Mental Wellness a top priority for Minnesota Guard's Aviation Brigade
06/27/2011

Young Vadnais Heights couples deaths called murder-suicide
01/26/2011

Dramatic Jump in National Guard Suicides (video)
01/20/2011

Study Ties Problems to Post-traumatic Stress
01/06/2011

NGB Command Chief Master Sgt. Denise Jelinski-Hall visits the 148th Fighter Wing
11/22/2010

Struggling to serve women vets
11/17/2010

Challenges faced by returning solders to be addressed at symposium
09/21/2010

Yellow Ribbon Event helps welcome Airmen home
08/08/2010

Recovery at the VA Medical Center
07/01/2010

Ruben Rosario: Veteran overcame his demons and now strives to help others
04/24/2010

Lakeville cops learn to spot troubled vets
04/19/2010

Part 2: Repeat tours take invisible toll
02/01/2010

Helping veterans come home
12/29/2009

Remembering vets after they return home
11/11/2009

Disabled Soldier inspires wounded Minn. Soldiers
03/16/2009

Our challenge isn't warrior-to-citizen, it's citizen-to-warrior
03/10/2008

Confronting the Unspeakable
10/28/2007

VIDEO: KARE 11 -- Minnesota National Guard to receive unique mental health services
10/10/2007

Trying to Tame Unseen Demons of War
09/02/2007

1-888-LINKVET Links Vets to Services
08/15/2007

VA's Suicide Hot Line Begins Operations
07/30/2007

MN Guard member shot dead over weekend had been suicidal in past
05/29/2007

Kline to push for taking Minnesota Guard program national
04/20/2007

Veteran's live beyond the yellow ribbon
02/15/2007



 
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