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    Jack’s behavior concerns his friends, and prompts his buddy, Chris, to confront him. As Jack shares his frustration, Chris realizes that Jack is demonstrating several of the warning signs for suicide. Watch and see if you can spot those warning signs. What would you do if you were Chris?

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    After returning from a deployment, Charlie demonstrates several signs of distress. His communication with his girlfriend is quite different from the reality of his situation, and his anger and agitation are obvious to his longtime friend, Will. Would you take the same steps that Will chooses?

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    Phil’s marriage is on the rocks, his finances are a mess, and his work is suffering. His wife, Cathy, seems to have little respect for their marriage, or for Phil. His friend, Jack, has seen some tough times himself and so recognizes Phil’s distress. What warning signs do you see?

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    Dean is a government service employee. Frank, his supervisor and friend, notices behavioral changes that lead him to seek help for Dean. Can you identify the risk factors and warning signs, too?

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    Bryan is coping with severe life-stress issues. His friend and co-worker, Tim, notices that these issues are taking their toll on Bryan and contacts their supervisor. Do you see the signs of distress that caused Tim to alert MSgt Holcomb?

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    Eight-year old Courtney describes the changes she noticed in her Daddy and how they have affected her family.

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    When Andrew’s son, Dan, withdraws from him and acts differently, Andrew seeks help through the first sergeant.

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    Family members on the look out for suicide warning signs take the steps needed and get help for their loved ones.

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    Multiple free resources and agencies are available to help all military and family members in crisis.

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    Lt Col Schneider and TSgt Curtis discuss leadership techniques and how to apply them in home station and deployed settings.

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    Airman Carter and TSgt Mitchell employ the elements of the PRESS model to assist Airman Ross.

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    As A1C Shawn Watson struggles to keep his new marriage together, MSgt Singleton utilizes the PRESS elements to help him deal with the stress.

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    TSgt McCloud experiences a great deal of personal stress. The PRESS model allows MSgt Tyler to help his troop get back on track.

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    Losing a friend while deployed may have been too much for Roger, and his friends sense his despair. They notice several signs of distress, and make the right choice to pursue Roger and get immediate help.

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    Kelly’s husband watches as his wife seems to “shatter” before his eyes. The pressure that Kelly feels seems overwhelming, and her level of stress is out of control. Can you see the signs that Kelly needs help?

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    MSgt Atkins and SSgt Garcia utilize the PRESS model to assist a distressed Airman.

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    MSgt Singleton uses the PRESS model to help SSgt Belmont through a stressful transition.

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FAQ

What is the highest suicide risk category in the Air Force?

White males, aged 25-34, and no longer married. Multiple indicators of increased vulnerability include relationship loss… more

Frontline Supervisor

Frontline Supervisor Training (FST)

is a course developed by the Air Force to prepare supervisors to identify and intervene with Airmen at risk for suicide.
Learn more

Personnel in Distress

Airmen's Guide for Assisting Personnel in Distress

The guide serves to strengthen each individual's effectiveness at recognizing distressed personnel.  It contains general guidance, summaries of relevant policy and a list of helping resources. Each section includes a checklist that contains recommendations for responding to distressed personnel. Learn more