Leaders Attend Suicide Intervention Training
By Pfc. Amy M. Lane
Public Affairs Specialist
4th Sustainment Brigade
FORT HOOD, Texas – Addressing the issue of suicide is a major concern to the Army, and Fort Hood is making suicide intervention and education a priority and leaders from the 4th Sustainment Brigade, 13th Sustainment Command (Expeditionary) attended training Sept. 7 and 8 to learn how to help.
Each battalion within the Wrangler Brigade must have at least four leaders who have received Applied Suicide Intervention Skills Training, which is a two-day chaplain-led training program that trains leaders to assist Soldiers and family members. More Wranglers will receive the training Sept. 28-29.
The ASIST program is a suicide intervention model that emphasizes connecting, understanding and assisting.
“The model teaches leaders that people put out both conscious and subconscious signals that they are considering suicide,” said Capt. Mark Lee, 4th Brigade Troops Battalion chaplain. “Most of the population will miss these signals.”
Lee said the program is considered as suicide first aid. It teaches leaders how to guide people away from the idea of suicide and get them professional help.
“Even when we do recognize the subtle clues, most people don’t know how to ask or what to say,” he said. “ASIST addresses those issues and teaches people what to do from there.”
The model teaches subtle intervention skills when a person is showing signs of being helpless or hopeless and stronger interventions when a person admits that they have been thinking about suicide.
The ASIST program is not only used by the Army, it is used worldwide by organizations such as police and fire departments.
The class of leaders from 13th Sustainment Command (Expeditionary) poses with the chaplains who led the Applied Suicide Intervention Skills Training Sept. 8 at the 19th Street Chapel at Fort Hood, Texas. (U.S. Army photo by Pfc. Amy M. Lane)