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Helping Hands

At various times in their lives our Navy family may need a helping hand during tough times. Use these resources to find the aid they need!

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After talking with many of you I've realized that our sailors and/or their families often run into tough patches and could use a hand to help them through tough times. Whether it be financial, spiritual, or just feeling down about something or someone, we want to develop a list of resources that are available for them to get some support and help in dealing with a life crisis. We invite any of you to use these resources to help and if you find a link we don't have, please add it so we can aid someone else.

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Comment by Dave J.S. on March 4, 2009 at 8:42pm
I am not sure if this will help, but it has helped with some of our Church functions. Our family is willing to open our house to navy persons traveling, that want a home for a night or two. home cooked food, company and friends. We can be reached by email for inital contact. Cleveland, Ohio area
Comment by NavyDads Admin (Paul) on January 13, 2009 at 7:55pm
This seems appropriate for the group--- show that this is a serious issue and needs to be considered---

Chaplains Offer New Suicide Prevention Training
Story Number: NNS090113-08
Release Date: 1/13/2009 4:19:00 PM

By Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class (SW/AW) Marc Rockwell-Pate, Commander, Navy Region Europe Public Affairs

NAPLES, Italy (NNS) -- Navy chaplains across the Europe, Africa, Southwest Asia region are now offering a special suicide prevention program to help address the concerns Navy and Marine Corps leadership have regarding one of their top priorities - suicide prevention.

Along with the Navy's Life Skills/Health promotions mandatory annual suicide prevention training, region chaplains are providing service members and their dependents with the Applied Suicide Intervention Skills Training (ASIST) program.

"Suicide is one of the most underestimated problems in our culture," said Lt. Jason Hefner, the lead ASIST instructor in the region. "It is the third leading cause of death for 17-24 year olds in the U.S. and the tenth leading cause of death for all age groups."

Hefner added the ASIST program is a great addition to the military's annual training and will provide a new set of prevention tools to service members.

"The ASIST program provides everyday people with the perspective and skills to empower them to provide effective care for others," said Hefner.

ASIST was developed by LivingWorks Education, Inc. and is designed to teach people the skills to competently and confidently intervene with someone at risk fot suicide. The course is a two-day training event divided into different learning methods; one day of workbook and PowerPoint education, and one day of hands-on role-playing.

"The role-playing aspect of the training is very important," said Hefner. "I think it is a much more in-depth form of training and is more comprehensive than the annual GMT [general military training] the Navy is required to do."

Hefner, with the help of other ASIST instructors around the region, will hold a training session Jan. 22-23 at NSA Naples and Jan. 26-27 at Naval Air Station (NAS) Sigonella. Hefner hopes to expand the program to all installations in the regions.

"Right now we have certified instructors at Naples, Sigonella and Souda Bay," said Hefner. "I hope that we can get a certified instructor at every base in order to increase suicide awareness and develop a strong prevention program."

Hefner added he is happy the Navy recognizes this program as a valuable tool because it is the most reliable and the most effective he has ever studied.
Comment by NavyDads Admin (Paul) on January 11, 2009 at 7:35pm
Mike has provided some more valuble links for our sailors:

Here are a few links to websites ran by other Sailors. They are good sites to network, stay connected to old shipmates or seek advice. (aka )
Comment by NavyDads Admin (Paul) on January 10, 2009 at 9:10pm
Thanks to Kevin we have some words of adivce for our sailors as well:

First of all, the sailor's chain of command is a great resource. He should have direct access to his supervisor, his LPO, and his Chief. Beyond them he may formally or informally request to speak with his division officer, department head, and even his CO.

Next are the big four- the Chaplain's office, the Fleet and Family Support Center, the Navy and Marine Corps Relief Society, and the American Red Cross. From these great resources may come referrals to more advanced USN and civilian assistance.

Here are some links:
Fleet and Family-
Navy Relief-
Red Cross-

Thank you Kevin and your 24 years of service!!
Comment by NavyDads Admin (Paul) on January 10, 2009 at 2:16pm
I found a ton of resources avaiable in the Navy Fleet and Family Support Center....everything from poison emergencies to financial planning...

Click for Link
Comment by NavyDads Admin (Paul) on January 10, 2009 at 2:05pm
This is a Navy link to a Suicide Prevention is important to know the warning signs and what to do if see them.

Click This Link
Comment by Navydads co-admin (Terry) on January 10, 2009 at 1:21pm
Thanks Paul this will be great for all of us.
Comment by Paige on January 10, 2009 at 12:58pm
This group could prove to be a blessing for many sailors and their families. I will contribute in whatever way I can.
Comment by NavyDads Admin (Paul) on January 10, 2009 at 12:46pm
Mike has contributed a link to a site lists many resources avalable to Survivors of Suicide. If your sailor is a survivor...or you are... please check this link for resources to help deal with this tragedy.

Click This Link for Resources

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