Fort Cavazos ASAP Mission
The Fort Cavazos Suicide Prevention Program objective is to prevent suicides across the installation and community. Suicide Prevention Program provides the necessary tools to build a culture of resilience, reduce risk, and strengthen Soldiers, Family Members and Army Civilians by increasing protective factors such as help-seeking behavior through a combination of awareness, prevention, and intervention training. Promotes a culture of trust within organizations and community by encouraging help-seeking behaviors.
For Immediate Concerns
The Fort Cavazos 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 988 or alternately 1-800-273-TALK (8255) or TEXT (838255)
Self Help is always an option Copy this link in your browser: https://www.armyresilience.army.mil/suicide-prevention/index.html
- ACE-SI Tier 3 Training
- ASIST workshop (last Wednesday/Thursday of each month)
- Free Gun Locks (gun safety/storage)
- Army Suicide Awareness Guide for Leaders - available on eGuide
- Unit Training - Complete Suicide Prevention Training Request
Crisis Intervention and Other Phone Numbers
Emergency - Call 911
Military Crisis Line - 1-800-273-TALK (8255) - Press 1
National Suicide Prevention Lifeline - 988
Military One Source - 1-800-342-9647
The Defense Center of Excellence (DCoE) - 1-866-966-1020
Wounded Soldier and Family Hotline - 1-800-984-8523
The Army Suicide Prevention Program www.dspo.Mil
Public Health Center https://phc.amedd.army.mil/Pages/default.aspx
Moving Forward https://www.veterantraining.va.gov/
Mobile Apps( Free Apps on your smartphone)
Virtual Hope Box
Breathe 2 Relax
Training & Education
Fort Cavazos Suicide Prevention educates and trains active duty, Reserve and National Guard Soldiers, Army Civilians and Family Members on suicide prevention and postvention actions to minimize the risk for suicide to include:
- Indicators of potential suicide behavior
- Intervention strategies
- Services and resources
Army Suicide Prevention Program G-1 Current Efforts
The Army Resilience Directorate provides resources and programs to prioritize to enhance unit readiness and the resilience of Soldiers, Family Members, and Army Civilians.
- Deployed a new Suicide Prevention awareness campaign, "This is Our Army: Not Every Fight is on the Battlefield," and is developing a new Suicide Prevention strategy predicated on the premise that suicide prevention will be accomplished through the positive action of unit leaders and the implementation of effective command policy and climate.
- Fielded the newly redesigned Ask, Care, Escort Suicide Intervention (ACE-SI) training curriculum across the Force. This training is delivered by certified master trainers across all three components.
- Published Suicide Prevention Battle Drill Cards with tips to guide unit leaders, Soldiers, and Family Members in recognizing and responding to suicide ideation.
- Developed a new Suicide Postvention Handbook for Unit Commanders with structured actions that support units in returning to a readiness posture after a suicide event.
This handbook is meant to assist senior commanders in implementing the Army Suicide Prevention Program (SPP). It demonstrates how leaders at echelon, with support, can synchronize installation efforts to achieve effects that improve readiness and help prevent deaths by suicide.
The purpose of this handbook is to thoroughly examine, from a leadership perspective, the fundamental concepts and engagement necessary to develop and execute an effective suicide prevention program. The suicide prevention framework utilizes visibility tools, which assess risk and protective factors. The suicide prevention framework also established a unit forum to operationalize the suicide prevention program through the operations process.
This handbook provides guidance to Commanders to help them effectively lead their units through suicide postvention activities to reset the readiness of the unit through identification of the key tasks and resources required to execute an effective suicide postvention process that de-stigmatizes the tragedy, operationalizes the aftermath, and promotes individual and unit recovery.
Postvention consists of the structured activities following a suicide attempt of death by suicide that promote recovery and healing among those affected. The three phases of postvention are:
- Stabilize - sets the foundation to promote recovery and minimize risk.
- Grieve - moves away from focusing on the cause of death to emphasize the life lived and service of the deceased and takes action to facilitate and support healthy grieving.
- Grow - helps survivors grow, build and sustain unit cohesion, and instill a culture of help-seeking behavior.