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U.S. Marine Corps Forces Reserve

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Suicide Prevention

Suicide Prevention

"As Marines, we never leave a fellow warrior behind on the battlefield. We pride ourselves on taking care of our own. This principle also applies to our daily lives. When we lose one of our brothers and sisters to suicide, we have failed them. A single death by suicide is one too many. I need every Marine and Sailor to make suicide prevention and awareness a priority."
  • 129 Americans die by suicide every day, which equates to over 47,000 suicide deaths per year (up approximately 30% since 1999).
  • Suicide is the 10th leading cause of death in the U.S. and 2nd leading cause of death (behind accidents) for 15-24 year olds. 
  • An average of 1 person, every 11.1 minutes, killed themselves; 1 male every 14.3 minutes and 1 female every 50.6 minutes.   "There is one suicide attempt every 23 seconds (based on 1.4 million attempts in 2017, as reported in a recent Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration study)."
  • 1-2 Service members, on average, die by suicide per day.  For calendar year (CY) 2017, there were 286 suicide deaths in the Active Duty component and 229 suicide deaths in the Guard/Reserve component.
  • 20 military Veterans die by suicide per day.  Additionally, 2-3 of these are former or current National Guard and Reserve members who were never federally activated.  In 2016, former National Guard and Reserve members who were never federally activated constituted about 10 percent of the total number of suicides among current and former service members. 
• 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
• Low self-esteem
• No hope for the future

• Ask open-ended questions, e.g., "How are things going?"
• Lend support/be willing to listen.
• Share your concern for their well-being.
• Remove any weapons, pills 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 TAKE ACTION. If a buddy is suicidal you may not get a second chance to save the Marine’s life.


Recognize distress in your Marine
Note changes in personality, emotions or behavior.

Ask your Marine
Calmly question and if necessary ask directly, "Are you thinking about killing yourself?"

Care for your Marine
Don’t judge, control the situation peacefully and keep everyone safe.

Escort your Marine
Stay with your buddy and escort to chain of command chaplain, medical, or behavioral health professional.


Resources are available to all Marines including active-duty, retired, Individual Ready Reserve, Active Reserve, Individual Mobilization Augmentees and Selected Marine Corps Reserve.

Chain of Command
Talk to your appointed Suicide Prevention Officer for your Marine unit, or contact the Chaplain at 504-697-8097. Your Chaplain is a confidential source of assistance that you can trust.

National Suicide Prevention Hotline / Veterans Lifeline
800-273-TALK (8255)
Military OneSource


DSTRESS Helpline