by Senior Airman Colby L. Hardin
22nd Air Refueling Wing Public Affairs
3/23/2015 - MCCONNELL AIR FORCE BASE, Kan. -- The
Air Force no longer uses computer-based training for annual suicide
prevention training and is shifting to face-to-face inactions.
The change in training is still fairly new, it was put into effect on Feb. 11, 2015.
"Our goal on this base is to have the training completed by May 18,
2015," said Capt. Jillian Lyons, 22nd Medical Operations Squadron
clinical psychologist. "By having interactive conversations with each
other about suicide and suicide prevention, it may help to break down
some of the barriers that get in the way of Airmen in distress."
The CBT will still be available online in Advanced Distributed Learning
Service for civilian personnel who are affected by the Union Bargaining
Agreement, all others must attend the group face-to-face training..
All active-duty and reserve Airmen are required to attend the group face-to-face training.
"Our previous computer-based training was a good way to standardize the
information and make it readily available," said Lt. Col. Kathleen
Crimmins, the Air Force Suicide Prevention Program manager. "But it
missed an opportunity for leaders and their Airmen to address the
problem on a personal level."
The face-to-face training held will be one hour long with a 24-minute
video and group discussion included. Training facilitators will be
chosen by their unit leadership to lead different groups not exceeding
"We always try to emphasize the Wingman culture, and this is another way
we can do that," said Lyons. "Every life is invaluable and has