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"Suicide prevention remains a top priority of Air Force leadership, and we remain committed to doing everything possible to save lives. The Air Force Suicide Prevention Program (AFSPP), launched in 1996 and fully implemented by 1997, emphasizes leadership involvement and a community approach to reducing deaths from suicide. The program is an integrated network of policy and education that focuses on reducing suicide through the early identification and treatment of those at risk. It uses leaders as role models and agents of change, establishes expectations for Airman behavior regarding awareness of suicide risk, develops population skills and knowledge, and analyzes every suicide."

-- Lieutentant General Darrell D. Jones about Air Force suicide programs March 21, 2013 before the U.S. House of Representative Committee on Armed Services Subcommittee on Military Personnel
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The AF Suicide Prevention Program is built on 11 overlapping core elements stressing leadership and community involvement in the prevention of suicides. Click the link below to read more about them.

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The following link is a resource website the Air Force Center of Excellence in Medical Multimedia (CEMM) maintains.

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Ask your wingman

·Have the courage to ask the question, but stay calm
·Ask the question directly:   Are you thinking of killing yourself?

Care for your wingman

·Calmly control the situation; do not use force; be safe
·Actively listen to show under­standing and produce relief
·Remove any means that could be used for self-injury
     
Escort your wingman

·Never leave your buddy alone
·Escort to chain of command, Chaplain, behavioral health professional, or primary care provider
·Call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline.(800) 273-8255 (TALK)
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