The Marine Intercept Program (MIP) is an outreach program offering ongoing support to Marines and attached Sailors who have had suicide ideations or attempts. Licensed installation Community Counseling Program (CCP) counselors provide follow-up contact, care coordination, and suicide risk assessment to Marines and attached Sailors. The CCP MIP counselors will make a series of caring contacts for 90 days post ideation or attempt. Research indicates that the risk for a repeat suicide-related event or death by suicide is highest during the first 90 days after the ideation or attempt.
YOU ARE NOT ALONE.
To seek assistance for a mental health or suicide crisis please contact the following 24/7 resource. There is help, there is hope.
San Diego Access and Crisis Line
The phone and chat crisis line is staffed by Master’s-level and Licensed Clinicians who provide suicide prevention, crisis intervention, community resources, mental health referrals, and alcohol and drug support services.
The Marine Intercept Program (MIP) is a collaboration between a Marine, the Marine’s Commander, healthcare providers, and Headquarters Marine Corps (HQMC). MIP services are provided to Marines for whom HQMC receives an Operations Event (OPREP-3) Serious Incident Report (SIR) for a suicidal ideation (SI), Personnel Casualty Report (PCR) for a suicide attempt (SA), or a DoDSER for a suicide attempt (SA). MIP services use evidence-informed practices to follow up with a Marine after a SI or SA. After contact with the Marine, the MIP counselor will provide updates to command and medical providers on the Marine’s current status. MIP provides caring contacts, ongoing risk assessment and safety planning after an evaluation at a Military Treatment Facility (MTF).
The command contacts the installation MIP closest in proximity to where the Operations Event/Incident Report (OPREP-3), SIR, PCR, or DoDSER was submitted in response to an identified SI or SA. MIP does not duplicate, replace, or interfere with existing services. MIP is caring contacts, care coordination, ongoing risk assessment, and safety planning. MIP is NOT treatment or therapy services. Commands can provide support by:
- Providing the contact information to MIP for the Marine within 24 hours of reporting.
- Being the point of contact to assist in tracking the Marine’s care and resources.
- Encouraging the Marine’s engagement in services
- Providing feedback and input regarding the Marine
- Receiving status updates from the MIP counselor
- Assisting with reintegration
- Ensuring all units are familiar with MIP and the added layer of support it can provide
The Marine Intercept Program offers suicide prevention briefs.
- Caring contacts
- Care coordination
- Risk assessment and safety planning
MIP is NOT:
- Therapy Services
Once a Marine is identified as having SI or SA, the Marine Intercept Program will:
- Focus on highest risk time period
- Make contact with Marine at days 1, 3, 7, 14, 30, 60, and 90
- Collaborate with command leadership and healthcare providers
- Use evidence-informed suicide risk assessment tools
- Create and update a Safety Plan, an evidence-informed tool
DoD and San Diego Suicide Prevention Resources
Firearm Suicide Prevention
- Survivors of Suicide Loss – No DOD Endorsement Implied
- TAPS Suicide Prevention and Postvention
CALM (Counseling on Access to Lethal Means) Training – No DOD Endorsement Implied
Free 2-hour online course. Objectives: Identify people who could benefit from lethal means counseling; ask about access to lethal methods; work collaboratively to reduce access.
Lock2Live* – No DOD Endorsement Implied. Confidential online tool to help you make decisions about temporarily reducing access to potentially dangerous things, like firearms, medicines, sharp objects, or other household items.
Defense Suicide Prevention Office
MIP offers a 1-hour CSSRS screener training at your command (10-20 participants)
- Assessment intended for use by non-behavioral health/medical providers (SACOs, UVAs, legal, command, etc.).
- Assists the user in identifying the best level of care for a Marine to be triaged by
YOU ARE NOT ALONE. To seek assistance for a mental health or suicide crisis please contact these 24/7 resources. There is help, there is hope.