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So your friend has been showing some of the warning signs of suicide and you’re worried. Follow the three steps of ACE to help your friend and save a life.

Step one: ASK. Ask your friend, “Are you thinking of killing yourself?” It’s a tough question, but you need to ask it.

Step two: CARE. Show your friend you care about them by taking them to a safe place and listening to whatever they have to say. Don’t be judgmental or too quick to give advice. Most of the time, people just need to say their thoughts and feelings out loud.

Step three: ESCORT. If your friend gave any hint that they are thinking of killing themselves, call 911 or take them to the ER. For counseling or guidance, bring them to a chaplain, director of psychological health or supervisor. No matter what, escort your friend to some sort of help and NEVER LEAVE YOUR WINGMAN.

Being a Wingman is extremely important. Memorize ACE -- Ask, Care, Escort -- so you’ll be prepared to intervene and save a life.


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About The Wingman Project

The Wingman Project was created in August 2007 by the Deputy Director of Safety of the Air National Guard as a collaborative solution, including chaplains, family support, medical community, and safety, for all Airmen and their families to address suicide intervention.  More...

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