Suicide Prevention Program

Resilience, Risk, Reduction, Suicide Prevention-R3SP

The National Guard has made it a priority to promote resilience and risk reduction and to correspondingly decrease suicidal thoughts and actions. This includes enhancing the resilience of our Guardsmen and families through institutionalized training, leadership awareness, and prevention and intervention programs.

The R3SP program exists to minimize suicidal behavior by:

  • Providing adequate unit-level training to ensure resources and intervention measures are in place.
  • Promote awareness and educational programs detailing both early warning signs and high risk factors.
  • Coordinate and disseminate relevant resources and information through the entire chain of command.
  • Provide accountability and reporting requirements

If someone you know is having thoughts of suicide, follow these three steps:

  1. If you feel that danger is imminent, call 911 and do not leave the individual.
  2. In a respectful manner, as directly if the individual is having thoughts of suicide.
  3. Encourage the individual to seek behavioral health help.

If you are having thoughts of suicide, here are three steps to follow:

  1. Call your mental health specialist or 911.
  2. Seek help from family, friends or a suicide intervention officer.
  3. Call a suicide hotline number. In the United States, call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-TALK (8255) to reach a trained counselor. Use that same number and press ‘1’ to reach the Veterans Crisis Line.

Important resources:

National Suicide Prevention Lifeline: 1-800-273-TALK

Veterans Crisis Line:

WA Guard R3SP Facebook:

R3SP Program Manager -Jennika Cardenas O: 253-512-1357 or

Suicide Prevention Program Manager - Erin McMichael O: 253-512-1342

National Suicide Prevention Lifeline:

Madigan Behavior Health: (253) 968-2700