IS PATH WARM is an acronym created by the American Association of Suicidology to help the public remember the immediate warning signs of suicide:
If you notice a combination of any of these signs, even if they're subtle changes, here's what you can do:
Ask - Ask your shipmate directly "are you thinking about killing yourself? Do you have a plan to kill yourself?"
Care - Tell your shipmate that you're concerned about him or her, without judgment. They may not show it, but they likely appreciate that someone cared enough to say something.
Treat - Take your shipmate to get help immediately by seeking a Navy chaplain, medical professional or trusted leader. Stay with your shipmate until they are directly connected with immediate care. Call 911 if danger is imminent. Help is available 24/7 through the Military Crisis Line. Call 1-800-273-TALK (Option 1), text 838255 from a mobile device or visit www.militarycrisisline.net. Additionally, help is available from Navy Chaplains with 100% confidentiality. NAVY311 is a service that connects you to a chaplain and can be accessed by calling 1-855-NAVY-311 (1-855-628-9311), emailing NAVY311@NAVY.MIL, texting email@example.com in the "to" line, or visiting https://www.navy311.navy.mil/home.
Offer to help your shipmate, store their personally owned firearms outside the home until they are no longer experiencing these suicide warning signs. Putting time and space between an overwhelmed individual and a loaded weapon dramatically decreases the likelihood that they will die by suicide.
Remember, one small ACT can save a life.
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