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Suicide Prevention

Warning Signs

• 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.


R.A.C.E Suicide Alert

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