Commanding Officers Statement on Safety

MCIEAST Safety page Link

Headquarters Marine Corps Safety Page Link

Navy Safety Center Public Naval Safety Command

Occupational Safety & Health Administration OSHA website

National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health NIOSH website


Sexual Assault And Prevention (SAPR) Support line 1-252-665-4713

Family Advocacy Program (FAP Victim Advocate) 1-252-466-3254

Substance Abuse Counseling Center (SACC) 1-252-466-7568

Suicide Ideation–Immediate Action Steps


  • Expressing hopelessness, like there’s no way out
  • Appearing sad or depressed most of the time
  • Feeling anxious, agitated or unable to sleep
  • Neglecting personal well-being
  • Withdrawing from family and friends
  • Losing interest in day-to-day activities
  • Frequent and dramatic mood changes
  • Expressing feelings of excessive guilt or shame
  • Feelings of failure or decreased performance
  • Feeling like there’s no reason to live
  • Increased alcohol or drug abuse
  • Cascading Problems (break-up, divorce (of military couple or parents), financial, legal, hazing/bullying, experiencing trauma from abuse/sexual assault/combat (any one of these problems could be enough to send a Marine, Sailor, Civilian or child/teen into crisis).


  • Trust your instincts that the person may be in trouble
  • Be willing to listen
  • Ask direct questions without being judgmental (“Are you thinking about killing yourself?” or “Have you ever tried to end your life?” or “Do you think you might try to kill yourself today?”)
  • If you believe suicide is imminent, call 911 immediately
  • Determine if the person has a specific plan to carry out the suicide
  • Don’t leave the person alone
  • Don’t swear to secrecy
  • Don’t act shocked
  • Don’t counsel the person yourself
  • Get professional help on the phone or escort the person to a counselor, chaplain or other professional mental health provider
  • Remove potential means of self-harm (firearms, medicines, any cord/belt that can be used as a noose)
  • Be sure that you are not putting yourself in danger.

Escorts (recommended minimum of 2 personnel escorting), stay with your potentially suicidal Marine or Sailor at all times (even in the head and barracks room) until personnel are safely under the supervision of medical/counselors (with escorts waiting in waiting room) until properly relieved by command or medical authority. If out in town, call 911 in an emergency.

National Suicide Prevention Lifeline Dial 988,

Veterans Crisis Line Dial 988 then Press 1,

DSTRESS LINE 1-877-476-7734, Military OneSource

DoD Safe Helpline 1-877-995-5247

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