About R&S PreventionResilience and Suicide Prevention

TMD Resilience Program: Texans Helping Texans - The TMD Resilience Team strives to assist units, Soldiers, and Families by providing programs, services, and resources that address critical psychological and emotional need.

Resilience Program staff coordinate training that teach skills to our Soldiers so they are better able to handle daily stressors. This program is focused on preventing our Soldiers and families from getting so stressed that they consider taking drastic measures to deal with their stress.

Master Resilience Trainers (MRT): U.S. Army Master Resilience Trainer (MRT) course is a 10-day program of study that teaches resilience skills to noncommissioned officers (NCOs). Master Resilience Trainers (MRT) are formally trained to plan and provide Resilience Training (RT) to Soldiers, Families and Army Civilians at the unit level. The MRT provides RT planning, conducts classes on resilience, and is the organization’s point of contact for information regarding RT and Comprehensive Soldier Fitness (CSF). Requirement of one (1) MRT per company.

Resilience Training Assistants (RTA): RTA Training is a 3 day course conducted at the local level by MRTs. RTAs will then use this additional knowledge to assist certified MRTs in teaching RT and help commanders and leaders manage the new CSF Program in CO and PLT level units. Requirement of one (1) RTA per 30 Soldiers of authorized strength. 

TXARNG State Resilience Program Manager: 512-782-1462

The Texas National Guard Suicide Prevention Program exists to minimize suicidal behavior by: 

  • Providing adequate unit-level training to ensure resources and interventions measures are in place
  • Promote awareness and educational programs detailing both early warning signs and high risk factors
  • Coordinate and disseminate relevant resources and information through the entire chain of command
  • Provide accountability and reporting requirements to State and NGB

Applied Suicide Intervention Skills Training (ASIST):  ASIST training is the only Army-approved and required training program for all gatekeepers. It is a two-day course taught by TXARNG personnel.  The key learning objective is awareness of person-at-risk concerns, caregiver tasks, and development of intervention skills using an internationally-known suicide intervention model. Requirement of one (1) Suicide Intervention Officer (SIO) per unit.

Ask, Care, Escort: Suicide Intervention (ACE-SI): ACE-SI is required training for junior leaders and first line supervisors. Trained personnel will take the forefront of the Suicide Prevention push, going forward.

ACE –Suicide Awareness for Soldiers: Annual training, conducted by first line leaders for SMs in ranks of E4 and below.  The setting should be in small groups of squad/platoon level. The focus of this training is to conduct buddy aid, there is no trainer certification requirement.  This training must be input in Digital Training Management System (DTMS) under the title, "Suicide Awareness Prevention Training."

ACE- Suicide Awareness for Leaders:  Annual training, conducted by unit leadership or first line supervisor.   The focus of this training is buddy aid, to reduce suicide stigma, and to outline leaders responsibilities.   This training is input in DTMS under the same training title as ACE-Suicide Awareness for Soldiers.

TXARNG Suicide Prevention Program Manager: 512-782-1204

The goal of the Substance Abuse Program (SAP) is to provide Army National Guard (ARNG) Soldiers with high quality substance abuse services and a continuity of care.  The continuum of services includes prevention education, assessments, and referrals for Soldiers.  SAP also provides ARNG Commanders with a tool to enhance readiness throughout the Army Force Generation (AFORGEN) deployment lifecycle.

The SAP utilizes Unit Risk Inventories (URI), a commander’s assessment tool, to survey TXARNG units to gauge high-risk behaviors within respective companies, and in turn implement an action plan (risk-reduction plan) based on the results of the questionnaires.  These questionnaires will quickly identify problem areas, allow commanders to react with additional awareness training, and provide Soldiers with the skillsets to help weather traumatic events.