An excerpt from A Creed for a Comrade
From the Defense Centers of Excellence
For Psychological Health & Traumatic Brain Injury
I will never accept defeat -- on or off the battlefield.
I will never leave a warrior behind.
I will never quit on my friends.
If my comrade is experiencing post traumatic stress, anxiety, depression, suicidal thoughts or any other psychological health concern, I will help.
I will know the signs and symptoms of someone having trouble psychologically.
I will know the resources available.
I will reach out for help, and provide help to those who need it.
I will not leave his side until he receives treatment
I am disciplined, resilient, trained and proficient in all my warrior tasks.
If I become enraged, anxious, depressed -- I will ask for help.
I proudly serve my country with honor, courage and commitment.
I proudly stand by my fellow warriors.
Ask your wingman
· Have the courage to ask the
question, but stay calm
· Ask the question directly: Are you
thinking of killing yourself?
Care for your wingman
· Calmly control the situation; do not
use force; be safe
· Actively listen to show
understanding and produce relief
· Remove any means that could be
used for self-injury
Escort your wingman
· Never leave your buddy alone
· Escort to chain of command,
Chaplain, behavioral health
professional, or primary care
· Call the National Suicide Prevention
Lifeline at (800) 273-8255 (TALK)