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Cape Fox Professional Services is committed to utilizing resources that address the needs of suicide intervention skills, prevention, and follow-up in an effort to help in an effort to reduce the occurrence of suicidal behavior across agency enterprises. We are able to develop initiatives tailored and targeted at specific policies, programs, and training in order to mitigate risk and behavior associated with suicide.  Cape Fox Professional Services is able to track demographic data on suicidal behaviors to assist Agencies with identifying trends. The goal is to minimize suicidal behavior by reducing the risk of suicide for all Agencies and their family members. We utilize a community approach to reduce Agency suicides through the integration of multidisciplinary capabilities to assist Agencies with implementing local suicide-prevention programs, and establishing important early identification and intervention with problems that detract from personal and unit readiness. Cape Fox Professional Services has uses 3 principle phases of activities to mitigate the risk of impact of suicidal behaviors; prevention, intervention, and postvention.  

 

Prevention
Prevention focuses on preventing normal life “stressors” from turning into life crises. Prevention Programming focuses on equipping the Soldier, their family members, and Agency civilians with coping skills to handle overwhelming life circumstances. Prevention includes early screening to establish baseline mental health and to offer specific remedial programs before dysfunctional behavior occurs. Prevention is dependent upon caring and proactive Agency unit leaders and managers who make the effort to know their own personnel, including estimating their ability to handle stress. These individuals serve as the first line of defense to mitigate risk.

 

Intervention
Intervention attempts to prevent a life crisis or mental disorder from leading to thoughts of suicide, to help someone manage suicidal thoughts and takes action to intervene when a suicide appears imminent. It encourages and/or mandates professional assistance to handle a particular crisis or treatment for the mental illness. In this area of intervention, early involvement is a crucial factor in suicide risk reduction.  Intervention includes alteration of the conditions that produced the current crisis, treatment of underlying psychiatric disorder(s) that contributed to the suicidal thoughts to begin with, and follow-up care to assure problem resolution.

 

Postvention
Postvention is required when an individual has attempted or completed a suicide. After an attempt, Agency commanders, non commissioned officers, and installation gatekeepers must take steps to secure and protect such individuals before they can harm themselves and/or others. Postvention activities also would include unit-level interventions following completed suicidal acts, to minimize psychological reactions to the event, prevent or minimize potential for suicide contagion, strengthen the units cohesion, and promote continued mission readiness.