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How to B1

Be Aware

Be aware and understand the problem of suicide within the Army, National Guard and Army Reserve.

  • In 2010, suicides in the Army, National Guard and Army Reserve increased 24.4%.
  • Suicides in the Army National Guard and Army Reserve in 2010 almost doubled those in 2009.
  • The Army reported 156 active duty deaths by suicide and 145 suicides among guardsmen and reservists.
  • Of the 112 guardsmen lost to suicide, more than 50% had not deployed.
  • Suicide is PREVENTABLE.

By being part of the B1 Project, you can help take some of the "silence" away from the "silent epidemic" of youth suicide by learning about the problem and making a plan to help your friends who may be struggling.

Be Able to Identify

Be able to identify those who may be struggling with suicidal ideation. Learn the warning signs and risk factors:

  • Dramatic mood changes
  • Depression; hopelessness and helplessness
  • Acting reckless or engaging in risky activities
  • Talking or hinting about suicide
  • Rehearsal of suicide acts
  • Withdrawal from family, friends and activities
  • Previous suicide attempts
  • Severe or prolonged stress
  • Significant change in performance
  • Finalizing personal affairs
  • Giving away personal possessions
  • Legal, financial and/or occupational problems
  • Increasing alcohol or drug use
  • Family history of suicide
  • Acting bizarre or unusual (based on your knowledge of the person)
  • Readjustment difficulties following deployment

(NOTE: This is not an all-inclusive list of warning signs and risk factors.)

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The warning signs and risk factors mentioned in Step 2 are not the only signs which a soldier who is struggling may exhibit. If the behavior is out of character for the person as you know them, the behavior at least warrants some questions or conversation as to what is happening with them. Have a plan of action ready in the event you recognize the person may be having suicidal thoughts. Don’t be afraid to get involved. Some resources for help:

  • Soldier's first line leader
  • Chaplain
  • Behavioral Health Professional
  • Emergency Personnel: 911

Be a Part of the Solution

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