SEPTEMBER 20, 2016, WASHINGTON (NNS) – On Sept. 16, the Navy’s 21st Century Sailor Office announced the new suicide prevention program known as Sailor Assistance and Intercept for Life (SAIL), aimed at supplementing existing mental health treatment by providing continual support through the first 90 days after suicide-related behavior.
“This program is designed to boost our existing efforts to prevent suicide across the Fleet by showing there is someone that will stay in touch with them and make sure they are doing well,” said Capt. Michael Fisher, dir., Operational Stress Control and Suicide Prevention branch. “This is part of a wide range of actions we are taking to help our Sailors. Doing this will boost our suicide prevention work that’s ongoing Navy-wide.”
The SAIL program started in the Pacific Northwest Region on Aug. 29, 2016, with a phased regional rollout plan scheduled for completion by the third quarter of fiscal year 2017 throughout the Navy.
The program is designed to provide rapid assistance, on-going risk assessment and support for Sailors who have exhibited suicide-related behavior and was inspired by the Marine Intercept Program (MIP), a suicide prevention project with similar goals.
Navy Suicide Prevention Branch (OPNAV N171) is partnering with Navy Bureau of Medicine (BUMED), Commander Navy Installation Command (CNIC), and SAIL Case managers who are serving as Fleet and Family Service Center (FFSC) counselors to run this new program.
Upon receiving information from commands about a Sailor who has demonstrated suicide-related behavior, Suicide Prevention Coordinators (SPC) will work with CNIC, and in turn an FFSC case manager, whose responsibility will be to reach out to the individual Sailor to see if they would volunteer to participate in the SAIL program. Case managers will contact Sailors in the 90 days following suicide-related behavior.
Suicide Prevention is a cooperative Navy-wide effort that takes leadership engagement and awareness at all commands and ranks. OPNAV, BUMED, CNIC work together to provide a range of resources to include: mental health treatment, spiritual counseling, personal wellness counseling, crisis intervention as well as financial education.
The Military Crisis Line offers confidential support for active duty and reserve service members and their families 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.
Call 1-800-273-8255 and Press 1, chat online at www.militarycrisisline.net or send a text message to 838255.
For more information visit www.suicide.navy.mil.