Seaman Shelly Jamison, a crewmember aboard the Coast Guard Cutter Mohawk, paints a door while underway. The Mohawk crew is painting the main passageway in preparation for their port calls in West Africa. (U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 3rd Class Victoria Bonk)

From the Homefront: Chaplains are here for you

Have you ever needed to speak with a chaplain, but didn’t know how? Are you unsure of the chaplains’ responsibilities? Coast Guard chaplains provide professional religious ministry through worship services, religious education, weddings, funerals and other religious rituals and rites. But they also are there to just talk with or consult with. They care for CG members and their families regardless of an individual’s beliefs. Chaplains are available 24/7 with confidential counseling to ensure service members and their families have the spiritual resilience to cope with the inevitable hardships of military life.

Applied Suicide Intervention Skills Training (ASIST) and SafeTALK

Coast Guard chaplains join the Commandant in recognizing September as Suicide Awareness Month and ask every Coast Guardsmen to “Just Reach Out” to your shipmates in need. The chaplains have coordinated efforts to created a suicide-safer community by teaching Applied Suicide Intervention Skills Training (ASIST) and SafeTALK. Read the full post to learn more about these programs and to find out how to participate in an upcoming workshop.