Captain John A. Swanson
Chaplain Corps, U.S. Coast Guard
Chaplain Corps Vision Statement:
"Mission-ready members and families of the Naval Service, strengthened and supported by professional religious ministry."
Chaplain Corps Mission Statement:
"To inspire hope and strengthen spiritual well-being through the delivery and coordination of effective religious ministry at sea and ashore."
Chaplain Corps Core Capabilities:
- PROVIDE: Providing professional religious ministry through worship services, religious education, weddings , funerals and other religious rituals and rites.
- FACILITATE: Facilitating for the religious needs of our people from other religious traditions by identifying their needs and coordinating support from other chaplains, civilian clergy and lay leaders.
- CARE: Caring for our people with dignity, respect and compassion, regardless of an individual's beliefs, and making informed and professional referrals. Chaplains are available 24/7 with confidential counseling to ensure service members and their families have the spiritual resilience to cope with the inevitable hardships of military life.
- ADVISE: Advising commanding officers on the accommodation of religious needs; on the moral, ethical and spiritual well-being of our people; and on religious matters that affect the command's mission.
Faith Based Reflections on the Las Vegas Shooting
safeTALK: 28 FEB (0800-1130) @ CGI
If you are unable to attend the 20-21 MAR Applied Suicide Intervention Skills Training (ASIST) consider attending safeTALK on Wednesday 28 FEB from 0800-1130 at Bldg. 21, Room 115. This suicide alert training teaches many of the same skills that we learn in ASIST. safeTALK helps participants recognize when someone may be at risk of suicide, ask clearly and directly about thoughts of suicide, and properly connect a person at risk for suicide to a suicide intervention resource. Class size is limited to 30. Anyone age 15 and older can attend safeTALK.
More about safeTALK:
safeTALK is a half-day alertness training that prepares anyone, regardless of prior experience or training, to become a suicide-alert helper. Most people with thoughts of suicide don’t truly want to die, but are struggling with the pain in their lives. Through their words and actions, they invite help to stay alive. safeTALK-trained helpers can recognize these invitations and take action by connecting them with life-saving intervention resources, such as caregivers trained in ASIST.
Since its development in 2006, safeTALK has been used in over 20 countries around the world, and more than 200 selectable video vignettes have been produced to tailor the program’s audio-visual component for diverse audiences. safeTALK-trained helpers are an important part of suicide-safer communities, working alongside intervention resources to identify and avert suicide risks.
•Presentations and guidance from a LivingWorks registered trainer •Access to support from a local community resource person
•Powerful audiovisual learning aids
•The simple yet effective TALK steps: Tell, Ask, Listen, and KeepSafe
•Hands-on skills practice and development.
For more information about safeTALK or ASIST, visit www.livingworks.net.
Spiritual Fitness Guide_Page_1
ASIST: 20-21 MAR (0730-1530 both days) @ CGI
Per COMDTINST 1734.1A (Suicide Prevention Program) all units are encouraged to send representatives to this training. Per COMDTINST M5300.2, ASIST is a USCG competency.
Participants must pre-register and be in attendance both days. Civilian attire authorized for all participants. Feedback from our previous participants has been phenomenal. If you desire to attend, contact me. Here is a short summary of the Applied Suicide Intervention Skills Training (ASIST) program:
More about ASIST
Led by local USCG facilitators, ASIST is an evidence based 2-day suicide intervention workshop that teaches formal and informal helpers practical intervention skills designed to keep a person at risk for suicide safe until formal resources can be marshaled. ASIST is designed to make formal and informal helpers more confident, capable and willing care givers to those who have thoughts of suicide. The 2-day workshop is highly interactive and educational. Participants learn suicide first-aid skills that help identify persons at risk for suicide. Participants also learn a unique suicide intervention model that can be used to keep someone safe until that person can be linked to longer term resources. Family members age 16 and above may also attend ASIST (Parent consent required for anyone under age 18). A standardized program, ASIST is used throughout the world and is listed on the suicide prevention best practices registry. Over 1.5 million people have been trained in ASIST worldwide.
*Presentations and guidance from two LivingWorks registered trainers
*A scientifically proven intervention model
*Powerful audiovisual learning aids
*Skills practice and development
*A balance of challenge and safety
ASIST has saved and changed hundreds of thousands of lives around the world. For more information about ASIST, see www.livingworks.net
Officer Christian Fellowship
Pre-Deployment The 7 Emotional Cycles of Deployment and Homecoming Tips & Homecoming Tips for the Deployed Member
Living Your Dreams Presentation
Finding the Love of Your Life Presentation
Religious Texts and Devotional Materials
Suicide Prevention see CI_1734_1A and ASIST Helpers in Your Community / SD Resources
Religious Ministries within the Coast Guard (COMDINST 1730.4C)
Contains a collection of prayers for various occasions. Great resource for Lay Leaders.
Suicide Prevention Resources:
National Suicide Prevention LifeLine (24/7) - 800-273-TALK (8255) - Crisis Text Line (24/7): Text 741741
Tim Keller (Redeemer Presbyterian)
Mark Dever (Capitol Hill Baptist Church)
Adrian Rogers at Love Worth Finding
Our Daily Bread
CG SUPPORT - 855-CG SUPRT (247-8778)
Free Counseling for military: Includes individual, family, adolescent, and mental health treatment for: Anxiety, depression, substance abuse, post-traumatic stress disorder, traumatic brain injuries, sexual health and intimacy concerns, loss and grieving, and more.
Crisis Text Line: Text 714714
American Red Cross for Military: 877-272-7337
American Red Cross Support for Military Families - Military One Source
HSWL (Health, Safety and Work Life) - 800-872-4957 ext. 252
Coast Guard Chaplains Orientation Manual