February 5, 2009
‘ASIST program helps’
Bliss chaplain says intervention program key to
curbing rising suicide rate
“If death comes to your doorstep, do you answer or not?” asked Chaplain (Maj.) Paul Blundell, Fort Bliss family life chaplain, during an interview Monday.
“Obviously, somebody refused to answer 128 times last year,” he said, referring to the recent suicide data released by the Army.
“It’s time to quit playing around and patting ourselves on the back for playing silly little games like ACE,” said Blundell, referring to the Act, Care and Escort your Buddy card, which is given to Soldiers at countless Army suicide prevention classes. The training consists of lengthy presentations in Soldier-packed auditoriums where less than half of the servicemembers pay attention, he said.