The military is a unique fit for the JSP3© because members in the armed forces are trained for and dedicated to protecting each other's back. The Battle Buddy system where no one is left behind is a perfect paradigm for the JSP3©. We are seeing great results forming JSP3©'s for active duty and veterans.
Difficulty stepping out against stigma that exists against the admission of suicidal thought is especially evident in the military. To stand up and say "I need some help with this" takes courage - the same courage it took to take the oath to lay down your life for your country.
"Whatever you do, you need courage. Whatever course you decide upon, there is always someone to tell you that you are wrong. There are always difficulties arising that tempt you to believe your critics are right. …Peace has its victories, but it takes brave men and women to win them."
Ralph Waldo Emerson
If you knew someone in your unit was struggling with suicidal thinking…
Would you allow your battle buddy to do this, or continue in this anguish?
"Everyone has his own specific vocation or mission in life; everyone must carry out a concrete assignment that demands fulfillment. Therein he cannot be replaced, nor can his life be repeated, thus, everyone's task is unique as his specific opportunity to implement it."
There are simple military applications of the JSP3©. Battle buddies standing for battle buddies. Back to back, shoulder to shoulder, in file, down country, and at home in our neighborhoods. We rely on each other to keep each other alive until each can keep himself or herself alive.
"The great lesson…is that the sacred is in the ordinary, that it is to be found in one's daily life, in one's neighbors, friends, and family, in one's back yard."
If you or someone you know is having thoughts of suicide, don’t wait for them to ask for your help -
- reach out - You can now have the tools to save your own or someone else's life.
DOWNLOAD THE BOOKLET “Suicide Prevention for Battle Buddies and their Families”