Before I go further, the difficulties that are hurting some veterans now can become a source of strength for them. I believe that Veterans are primed to become extraordinary healers. These two thoughts are prime in my thinking:
Peace is not an absence of war, it is a virtue, a state of mind, a disposition for benevolence, confidence, justice.
Spinoza, The Ethics.
Veterans are the light at the tip of the candle, illuminating the way for the whole nation. If Veterans can achieve awareness, transformation, understanding, and peace, they can share with the rest of society the realities of war. And they can teach us how to make peace with ourselves and each other, so we never have to use violence to resolve conflicts again.
Thich Nhat Hanh
I have lost family members and friends to suicide. I've known fellow soldiers who have committed suicide. I myself have been suicidal twice in my life. To combat the stereotype that only weak-willed cowards become suicidal (an outright lie), I am very public about my own story. I have no shame in it.
Suicide Intervention Worksheet
I've taken the ACE, the ACE-SI, and the ASIST training. I've had a couple of phone calls from veterans who were suicidal. I wanted a sheet that I could use, that would combine all of the elements that I was trained in, and yet was easy for me to look at when the phone rings at 03:00 AM.
Below is a PDF that I made. I originally made it to use as a background image in a writing app on my iPad, or to print off sheets that I could write on with a pen. I organized it to direct my attention to the relevant information and to be able to give a quick report to my team in a hurry. The second page is the safety plan.
The above links to a file in a public folder on Dropbox. Chances are you will not be allowed to access this, or many other useful sites, from a government network as they are typically locked down to the point of uselessness. If this is the case, email me and I will send you the file.