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  1. OPERATION REACH OUT: A Military Suicide Prevention App

    Military Community Awareness-Digital (MCA-D) introduces OPERATION REACH OUT, a smartphone app aimed at preventing suicide among military personnel and veterans. Developed by a team of suicide prevention experts, under the supervision of the primary author, Lawrence Shapiro, Ph.D., the app is available free on the iTunes App Store and the Android Market.

    OPERATION REACH OUT is designed to:

    • Encourage people to reach out for help when they are having suicidal thoughts.
    • Help those who are concerned about family members, spouses, or fellow service members who may be suicidal.
    • Provide a personal contact help center.
    • Provide activities to help people who are depressed stay connected to others.

    Operation Reach Out is part of MCA-D’s effort to provide timely and effective support and guidance for military families.

    Free Mobile App available now on iTunes and the Android Market

    Click here for more information

Activities For Adults

  1. Reward Chart

    A reward chart will teach your children to set goals and work toward them. Your children will be answerable to the goals they have set and will take responsibility for their behavior. You will take yourself out of the position of nagging and become a cheerleader instead! For children ages 4-10.


  2. Staying Connected

    Becoming a civilian doesn’t mean you have to cut all ties with the military. Use this worksheet to write down contact information.


Activities For Kids

  1. Deployment Journal

    Journals help you sort out your thoughts and feelings. Writing is also a good way to feel close to your deployed parent. Use this format to start off your journal.


  2. Postcard Ideas

    Deployed parents love to get postcards. You can start early on your writing by getting some postcards ready to send as soon as you find out your parent’s new mailing address. Here are some ideas of what to write to them!