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 the 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 crisis line also provides an online chat www.militarycrisisline.net and text service (838255).
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