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Posted on Dec 17, 2019
TSgt AnnaBelle Bryan
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I have taken this phone call twice.
Both times, I stopped what I was doing and found them - one of them halfway across from Wisconsin from me.
The best defense against suicide when you get the call is to care. Not like say you do, ACTUALLY CARE. They will know if you are feigning interest. Honestly, if they're calling you, it is because you are someone they want to talk to when stuff goes sideways. Rise to the occasion.
Bring in support from trained people as the situation allows, but chances are you are the make or break point.
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SPC Nancy Greene
SPC Nancy Greene
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2LT (Join to see) - Definitely Agree Sir!
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Dealt with this in the civilian world with a friend (former Naval aviator) over 30 years ago. His girlfriend called saying he'd taken a bunch of pills and locked himself in the bathroom. Drove over to their place, told him to open the door, he refused, so I got out some tools and removed the door from its hinges. Basically dragged him to the hospital to have his stomach pumped and stayed with him to make sure he was admitted to a locked ward until he got stabilized. He came to live with me after he got out of the hospital. Supported his recovery without enabling him. Listened to his concerns but was not going to let him have a pity party. Had to sit on him to go to therapy, but he got his head screwed back on relatively straight and is still alive today.
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MAJ (Join to see) - Great job, sir.
It is a difficult thing to do, and your friend wasn't going to make it easy for you either.
Do you still talk to him today?
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1SG (Join to see) - Haven't in several years, but last I heard, he'd married and moved forward with his life.
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SGT David A. 'Cowboy' Groth
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I went thru something like this during basic, talked a fellow recruit out of doing something stupid, we didn't know that another of the group would be the one that did it instead.
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SGT David A. 'Cowboy' Groth
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TSgt AnnaBelle Bryan - You're very welcome.
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SPC Nancy Greene
SPC Nancy Greene
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Unfortuniately Cowboy, No One is able to Know Who is Actually Contempating Suicide. When THAT thought enters someone's mind,; only God has control of the situation. IMHO
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SPC Nancy Greene
SPC Nancy Greene
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TSgt AnnaBelle Bryan - Great topic AnnaBellle. Extremely difficult to provide intervention when No One Knows Who Needs the intervention...
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SGT David A. 'Cowboy' Groth
SGT David A. 'Cowboy' Groth
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SPC Nancy Greene - Very true Nancy.
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MAJ Ken Landgren
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I know this is a canned response, but the buddy be triaged by someone and more appropriately by a mental health professional.
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SPC Nancy Greene
SPC Nancy Greene
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MAJ Ken Landgren - I Believe It Is Better to Be Safe, than Sorry Sir!
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SSgt Wallace Smith
SSgt Wallace Smith
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SPC Nancy Greene - it saved mine
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SSgt Wallace Smith
SSgt Wallace Smith
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You are correct in your answer, however if it’s a buddy you know where they are, wouldn’t you find them and then steer them where they should be?
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MAJ Ken Landgren
MAJ Ken Landgren
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SSgt Wallace Smith - Yes I answered that above. Safety then Screening. Several people have corrected me, and I accept that.
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