FOR THOSE WITH THE COURAGE TO ANSWER OUR NATION'S CALL
From the everyday stressors of life to the stressors related to combat, stress can affect even the strongest Marine. The DSTRESS Line was developed by the Corps to provide professional, anonymous counseling for Marines, their families and loved ones when it's needed most. Call today to speak with one of your own.
Please call 1-800-273-TALK
Are you feeling desperate, alone or hopeless? Call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-TALK (8255), a free, 24-hour hotline available to anyone in suicidal crisis or emotional distress. Your call will be routed to the nearest crisis center to you.
- Call for yourself or someone you care about
- Free and confidential
- A network of more than 140 crisis centers nationwide
- Available 24/7
Suicide is the 3rd leading cause of death in the Marine Corps. The Marine Corps views suicide prevention as the responsibility of the entire Marine Corps community and it is the duty of Marines, family members, and friends to encourage those who are troubled to seek help.
Talking about Dying
Preparing to Die (giving away belongings, saying goodbye to family and friends)
Looking for Ways to Die
Change in Personality or Emotions, Behaviors, Sleep Patterns, or Eating Habits
No Hope for the Future
- Relationship problems
- Legal or Work Problems
- Family History of Suicide
- Alcohol or drug use
- History of Physical or Sexual Abuse
- Social Isolation
- Physical illness
- Past Suicide Attempt
- History of Violence or Hostility
- Unwillingness to seek help
- Access to means to kill oneself
Ask open-ended questions, i.e., "How are things going?"
Lend support/Be Willing to Listen
Share your Concern for their Well-being
Remove any weapons, pill, or rope
Do Not Leave the Marine Alone
Seek Professional Help Right Away
The most important thing to do if you are concerned or recognize warning signs is to . If a buddy is suicidal you may not get a second chance to save the Marine's life.
Chain of Command
Please see your appointed Suicide Prevention Officer for your Marine unit.
National Suicide Prevention Hotline
National Hopeline Network
DCoE Outreach Call Center
HQMC Suicide Prevention
Leaders Guide for Managing Marines in Distress
Marine Corps Suicide Prevention Program (MRS)
Headquarters United States Marine Corps
3280 Russell Rd. Quantico, VA 22134
Designed to meet three objectives:
- Define terms related to suicide and teach facts about suicide
- Be able to recognize signs and symptoms of suicidal persons
- Discussion of the R.A.C.E. Program
ecognize distress in your Marine
Note changes in personality, emotions or behavior.
sk your Marine
Calmly question and if necessary ask directly, "Are you thinking about killing yourself?"
are for your Marine
Don't judge, control situation peacefully and keep everyone safe.
scort your Marine
Stay with your buddy and escort to chain of command chaplain, medical, or behavioral health professional.
Intake Counselor / Prevention Specialist
Installation Suicide Prevention Coordinator