THIS WEEK: (The Human Dimension; Fear; The Art of War; The Power of Human Will)
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Fanatical Prospecting by Jeb Blount Chapter 22 “Eleven Words that Changed My Life”
11 Words that Changed My Life
Listen to Jeb Blount describe the 11 words that changed his life. Click the link below.
LEADERSHIP LESSON: (Professional Development)
We thus conclude that the conduct of war is fundamentally a dynamic process of human competition requiring both the knowledge of science and the creativity of art but driven ultimately by the power of human will.
MCDP-1 Chapter 1. The Nature of War
War Defined—Friction——Uncertainty-—Fluidity—Disorder—Complexity—The Human Dimension—Violence and Danger—Physical, Moral, and Mental Forces—The Evolution of War—The Science, Art, and Dynamic of War—Conclusion
FMFM-1 Chapter 1. The Nature of War
War Defined * Friction * Uncertainty * Fluidity * Disorder * The Human Dimension * Violence and Danger * Moral and Physical Forces * The Evolution of War * Art and Science of War
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EResource: A Caregiver’s Resource (TAPS) The Tragedy Assistance Program for Survivors
Suicide survivors are spouses, children, parents, siblings, grandparents, military buddies, friends – all who had a relationship with the individual who died. The American Association of Suicidology (2004) estimates that for every suicide there are six survivors. This is a very conservative estimate, especially for military service members and their families. The “military family” is a second family, so to speak. Given the mission of protecting our country, often in dangerous areas of the world, bonds among service members form quickly. Thus, when a suicide occurs, the survivor numbers increase exponentially.
At the same time, spouses and children are developing new relationships, while adjusting to new surroundings and circumstances such as recurrent deployments. Death impacts all of these relationships as well as those back home.
Survivors begin their search for the “why?” believing that the answer will relieve their pain. Telling the “story” over and over helps them to process the unthinkable. Some may experience a sense of extreme vulnerability, perhaps to the point of wondering if suicide could be an answer to their pain. While not unexpected, these feelings must be explored to assure the individual’s safety. If there have been repeated attempts, the survivors may feel relief that it is over but also experience guilt for this very human feeling. In all cases, there is unfinished business. There was no opportunity to say goodbye or address unsettled issues. It is important to recognize that there are ways to help survivors say a belated goodbye or whatever else is needed to bring such issues to an end point.
By virtue of the type of death – suicide – the survivors may experience disenfranchised grief. According to Doka (2002), the survivors are not accorded a “right to grieve” because the grief is not openly acknowledged, socially validated or publicly observed. As noted previously, suicide still carries a stigma thus disenfranchising the grief of the survivors. There is often silence or an unspoken edict not to mention the word “suicide” or talk about the circumstances. Death-related services are frequently kept private or not held at all.
Given all the different circumstances and the different response patterns, how can we support suicide survivors? First and foremost, we can break the silence and speak openly about suicide.
Suicide Prevention and Postvention Resources:
- Tragedy Assistance Program for Survivors (TAPS)1-800-959-8277, www.taps.org: provides help, hope and healing to all who have lost a loved one in U.S. Military active duty. Programs and Services: Crisis Hotline and National Police Chaplains Network Crisis Intervention Program, Suicide Survivor Support Programs, Suicide Prevention Education and Professional Trainings, Peer Mentor Support, Casualty Casework Assistance, Grief and Trauma Resources.
- Suicide Prevention Resource Center, National Suicide Prevention Lifeline: 1-800-273-8255, www.sprc.org
- American Association of Suicidology, (202) 237-2280, www.suicidology.org AAS is a membership organization for all those involved in suicide prevention and intervention, or touched by suicide. AAS is a leader in the advancement of scientific and programmatic efforts in suicide prevention through research, education and training, the development of standards and resources, and survivor support services.
- The American Foundation for Suicide Prevention (AFSP), 1-888-333-AFSP (2377) www.afsp.org is a national not-for-profit organization exclusively dedicated to understanding and preventing suicide through research, education and advocacy, and to reaching out to people with mental disorders and those impacted by suicide.
References: American Association of Suicidology. Suicide in the USA [Online]. Available from URL www.suicidology.org
Doka, K.J. (Ed.). (2002). Disenfranchised grief: New directions, challenges, and strategies for practice. Champagne, IL: Research Press
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