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WHO WE ARE

Established in November 2011, the Defense Suicide Prevention Office (DSPO) is part of the Department of Defense’s Office of the Under Secretary of Defense for Personnel and Readiness. DSPO oversees all strategic development, implementation, centralization, standardization, communication and evaluation of DoD suicide and risk reduction programs, policies and surveillance activities. To reduce the impact of suicide on Service members and their families, DSPO uses a range of approaches related to policy, research, communications, law and behavioral health. DSPO works with the Army, Navy, Air Force, Marine Corps, Coast Guard and National Guard Bureau to support our Service members and strengthen a resilient and ready force. DSPO strives to help foster a climate that encourages Service members to seek help for their behavioral health issues.

MISSION

Serve as the DoD oversight authority for the strategic development, implementation, centralization, standardization, communication, and evaluation of DoD suicide and risk reduction programs, policies, and surveillance activities to reduce the impact of suicide on Service members and their families.

VISION

Enable total force fitness through suicide prevention and resilience programs and policies to ensure Service members and their families overcome risk factors and are mission ready from entry on duty to retirement or separation.

News and Events

Building Resilience in Women Leaders Summit

The Defense Suicide Prevention Office was proud to sponsor the “Building Resilience in Women Leaders Summit” on March 27, which brought together current and aspiring women leaders from across the Department of Defense to learn valuable resilience strategies. The day-long summit introduced a goal-setting model for resilience skill development, leadership skills, and opportunities to advance in both the workplace and personal life while mentoring others.  To discover strategies to build your resilience and grow personally and professionally, download the workbook.

Read more about summit highlights at Defense.gov, or watch Acting Undersecretary of Defense for Personnel and Readiness Jessica L. Wright share personal stories of resilience on The Pentagon Channel.