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Just reach out: A Coast Guard member’s personal experiences with suicide

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Senior Chief Petty Officer Stacy Dasher speaks about her experiences with depression and suicide during the safety stand down presentation at Marine Safety Unit Port Arthur, Texas. Dasher tours Coast Guard units nation wide to spread the word about the help she received from Coast Guard support systems. For more about Senior Chief Dasher and her story, visit:

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    John Houser
    March 5, 2017 at 11:16 am

    In 1990 I got stationed at Sta. Ft. Lauderdale, FL. as an MK3. While I was still on Port and Starboard as a break in Boarding Officer, we had a SAR alarm around 0130ish… we'd searched for this man that had fallen in the water down the street from a club for over 30 minutes! BSO was called and their dive team came out and found the man at his point of entry into the water. Seeing the pain on that dead mans face and the many other dead bodies have been with me for 26 years! I agree with Senior Chief Dasher, get help, tell someone what's going on in your head… it will never go away but it will become easer to deal with, with help!!! No one ever helped me because I had no place to turn to!!!
         Shipmates, we all wear Coast Guard Blue… if you see a fellow Coastie Adrift… throw them a Lifeline! I'm 90% Service Connected disabled and I have PTSD and with the VA's help the "Memories" are a little easier to handle!!!

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    Christopher Bryant
    March 5, 2017 at 11:16 am

    holy crud, Senior Dasher…… glad you pulled thru it. didn't have a clue when we went thru chiefs academy. If you ever need some motivation, come on out to PSU and we will sing some more cadences. Anchor up!
    Senior Bryant

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    March 5, 2017 at 11:16 am

    would you guys say military structure puts a tole on our personal? the pressure of very patronizing leader that can demoralize individuals and create a extremely stressful work environment? I'd say this is one of the reasons for military suicides.

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