Be there – it takes a community

Written by: John Sparks, Coast Guard SUPRT Program Director Hey Coastie, you are trained to be a lifesaver. In fact, you will, on any given day, put yourself in harm’s way to ensure the safety of others. But what about […]


Applied Suicide Intervention Skills Training (ASIST) and SafeTALK

Coast Guard chaplains join the Commandant in recognizing September as Suicide Awareness Month and ask every Coast Guardsmen to “Just Reach Out” to your shipmates in need. The chaplains have coordinated efforts to created a suicide-safer community by teaching Applied Suicide Intervention Skills Training (ASIST) and SafeTALK. Read the full post to learn more about these programs and to find out how to participate in an upcoming workshop.


From the Homefront: Getting mental health assistance

While September is Suicide Prevention Month, reminders about how families can access mental health assistance are important all year around. Starting next month, Tricare will begin easing some of its restrictions on getting mental health and drug treatment coverage. Military kids and spouses may struggle with stress, depression, or suicidal thoughts. As military families, we take pride in our resilience and our strength in overcoming the challenges. But refusing help is not a sign of strength. When it comes to emotional pain and mental health care, take advantage of all of the resources available. Don’t let the mask of strength block access to help when you or your family needs it.


Paratus Report

The Paratus Report, Episode 12

The newest episode of the Coast Guard Paratus Report is now live! The Paratus Report is a workforce news program focused at keeping Coast Guard members informed of what’s happening throughout their Coast Guard. Specifically, September is Coast Guard Personal Readiness Month. This episode features safety tips and information for National Preparedness Month, Suicide Prevention Awareness Month, and National Recovery Month. Also, this month’s Bravo Zulu goes out to Coast Guard veteran Dave Riley. Watch the full episode!


Dasher

From the Commandant: Just Reach Out

It was my honor and privilege to talk with Senior Chief Dasher last week. She travels nationwide to talk about how she overcame such a significant crisis in her life. It takes tremendous courage to share her story, and I am grateful for her willingness to use it for the benefit of others.


Alcohol

Recovery Month / Suicide Prevention Month guest blog: LT Todd Taylor’s efforts to help those Coast Guardsmen who are “suffering silently”

Stigma is one of the meanest and most difficult aspects of addiction, because it explains why people like me hide the disease. My message to that fellow Coastie who is out there struggling, or to the member who wonders whether their shipmate has a problem, just take that first step.


Recovery Month / Suicide Prevention Month guest blog: Retired Chief recounts his suicide attempt, treatment and recovery

A person’s career is not necessarily in jeopardy if they seek help for depression. Even 12 years ago, the Coast Guard realized that depression is a potentially deadly disease and treated my situation medically, not administratively.


Alcohol

Recovery Month / Suicide Prevention Month guest blog: One lieutenant’s recovery from alcoholism truly represents a ‘new way of living’

When I finally asked for help, I received treatment and my command was extremely supportive and understanding. I was lucky, and it all seemed to align. I was finally taking action to become a better version of myself, which in fact was just the old me.


Recovery Month / Suicide Prevention Month video: Help us break the stigma

September is both National Recovery Month and National Suicide Prevention Month. In light of these co-occurring observances, the Master Chief Petty Officer of the Coast Guard Steve Cantrell is trying to break the stigma of asking for help.


Recovery Month / Suicide Prevention Month guest blog: Janet Cantrell’s hope for our Coast Guard families

It is very important to know that we all struggle at various times along our journey as Coast Guard spouses and children, and regardless of what struggles we face and how tough things can often seem, this is a wonderful, family-oriented organization to be a part of, and there are many resources available to us to help when times get really tough.


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