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High School Hope Squads - (Students receive some gatekeeper training)
Suicide Prevention Resilience Program
PTA - Washington County Parent Teacher Association

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Because of a significant increase in suicide rates in the United States Air Force between 1990 to 1994, the Air Force implemented a suicide prevention program in 1996 and evaluated it six years later.

All of the separate strategies listed below were presented and absorbed by everyone in the Air Force from the highest-ranking individual to the newest recruit. This universal or community wide approach is the factor that insured that the strategies listed below were successful in preventing suicide in the Air Force.

The plan reduced risk factors; enhanced protective factors; removed the stigma of seeking help for a mental health problem; increased the understanding of mental health; and changed policies and social norms. This approach was evidence based and the suicide prevention effort was documented to reduce suicide rates in the United States Air Force by 33%. It came to be seen as normal to seek help when needed and seeking help came to be seen as a statement of strength and responsibility rather than a sign of weakness. A community-wide approach can prevent suicides.


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