DoDEA's Involvement in Suicide Prevention
DoDEA is actively involved in Suicide Prevention activities and has a number of resources available to support students in crisis. In middle and high schools, students are encouraged to ACT: ACKNOWLEDGE the feelings of your friend, show them that you CARE, and TELL a trusted adult who can help. School staff are aware of the warning signs for suicidality. School psychologists, counselors, and nurses are trained in screening procedures for students with suicidal ideation and work with parents to help them receive necessary medical attention. Schools are prepared to ease students' re-entry at school following a crisis with an action plan tailored to their emotional needs.
If you have concerns about your child or a friend of your child regarding suicidal ideation, you can reach out to the student support services in your school. You can also contact the Crisis Numbers listed on this page.
Service members or their families in crisis should seek help immediately by contacting the Military Crisis Line. Dial 800-273-8255 (press 1 for military) for 24/7 crisis support. The Military Crisis Line also provides an online chat and text service (838255).
- U.S. Forces Korea (USFK) has established toll-free phone support to the Military Crisis Line for all USFK community members, including active-duty military, civilians, family members and contractors. Callers can reach qualified, caring responders at the Military Crisis Line by dialing 0808-555-118 or DSN 118. US Forces in Japan can dial 97-0101-800-273-8255 and Press 1. All installation telephones (military and residential lines) in Okinawa and Iwakuni can dial 145 to reach Military OneSource directly. A live Internet-based chat service is also available for USFK members, as well as the rest of the U.S. military and their families.
- For overseas or international: Dial 118 from any U. S. Air Force or U. S. Army installation in Europe or dial 00800-1273-TALK (8255) for a commercial toll-free line in Belgium, Germany, Italy, the Netherlands, and the United Kingdom.
Service members or their families who would just like to talk to someone who has shared similar experiences should contact Vets4Warriors. They will be linked to a peer who is trained to assist them in overcoming their obstacles. Call 855-838-8255.
988 offers 24/7 access to trained crisis counselors who can help people experiencing mental health-related distress. That could be:
- Thoughts of suicide
- Mental health or substance use crisis, or
- Any other kind of emotion distress
People can call or text 988 or chat 988lifeline.org for themselves or if they are worried about a loved one who may need crisis support.
988 serves as a universal entry point so that no matter where you live in the United States, you can reach a trained crisis counselor who can help.
Military OneSource is your connection to information, answers and support when MilLife happens. Military OneSource can help you overcome challenges, reach your goals and thrive. Anyone who is a member of the military family is eligible to use this Department of Defense-funded program anytime, anywhere.
Whether you’re in the U.S. or overseas. Military OneSource services are available 24 hours a day, 365 days a year.
Search your country for international dialing instructions.