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We Can Combat Suicide as a Community

Amanda Burke

Amanda currently serves as the Region III Administrator. She attended Sonoma State University and graduated with a degree in Political Science. She grew up as an Air Force brat and shocked her parents by joining the Marine Corps. After serving four years as a signals intelligence officer, Amanda dabbled in supply chain management and government consulting.

Team Rubicon is committed to the well-being of its members and has teamed with Give an Hour™ (GaH), a national nonprofit organization providing free mental health services to members of the military, veterans of Iraq and Afghanistan, their loved ones, and their communities. To learn more or to connect with a provider in your area, visit www.giveanhour.org.

If you are not an Iraq and/or Afghanistan veteran or are unable to find a provider who fits your needs, contact a regional GaH representative or check out the resources listed below for further assistance.

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According to GaH, there are Five Signs that may mean someone is in emotional pain and might need help:

  1. Their personality changes
  2. They seem uncharacteristically angry, anxious, agitated, or moody
  3. They withdraw or isolate themselves from other people
  4. They stop taking care of themselves and start engaging in risky behavior
  5. They seem overcome with hopelessness and overwhelmed by their circumstances.

If you have concerns about your safety or the safety of a TR member, please contact someone on your regional leadership team, your wellness manager, or an ASIST-trained peer. No one should go without the help they need!

Team Rubicon is currently offering ASIST (Applied Suicide Intervention Skills Training) to TR members interested in learning peer to peer support strategies. For more information, log into Roll Call and browse the calendar for an ASIST workshop in your area.

Suicide Prevention Resources:

  • National Suicide Prevention Lifeline www.suicidepreventionlifeline.org or 1-800-273-8255
  • Veterans Crisis Line – Call their toll-free hotline at 1-800-273-8255 and press 1; visit www.veteranscrisisline.net to chat online; send a text message top 838255
  • Facebook – Click here for information on suicide prevention. Users can select options such as, “I’m having thoughts about self-injury or suicide,” “I need to find a hotline for myself or a friend,” and “How do I help a member of the US military community who has posted suicidal content?” There are a number of helpful suggestions, hotline numbers, and websites listed under each category.
  • Wounded Warrior Project Resource Center – The WWP Resource Center serves and supports warriors, their caregivers, and families through a multichannel contact center. The WWP Resource Center has access to a vast network of resources locally and nationally. Call 1-888-997-2586 or 904-405-1213 or email [email protected]

Team Rubicon’s Wellness Managers: