ARMED FORCES MISSION INC

Turning the Tide on Suicide

aka Stop Suicide USA   |   Tyrone, GA   |  www.armedforcesmission.org

Mission

Armed Forces Mission exist to eradicate suicide in the communities we serve. Through Rapid Response Direct Intervention of those in crisis and the training of others to do the same we are building a culture of health that is turning the tide on suicide.

Ruling year info

2013

Executive Director

Dr. Kenneth Lou Koon

Main address

PO BOX 1101

Tyrone, GA 30290 USA

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EIN

46-1322007

NTEE code info

Military/Veterans' Organizations (W30)

IRS filing requirement

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Communication

Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Suicide is a national crisis with nearly 50,000 losses annually. More than 1 million Americans will attempt suicide every year. In the past 12 months since the start of COVID, suicidal ideation has doubled to 1 in 10 individuals. Suicide is the second leading cause of death for young people and more Veterans and Public Safety Personnel die each from suicide than line of duty deaths and military conflict. The Future Economic Productivity Loss due to suicide is more than $100 Billion annually.

Our programs

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

The Intervene Challenge

Since its inception in the fall of 2012 more than 20,000 individuals have participated in the Intervene Challenge to raise awareness and gain intervention skills in one and two-day workshops. Knowing how to address the issues of risk and being able to identify the signs are essential to helping those who are hurting. Being able to ask the "suicide question" in a calm and non-judgmental way opens the door to building a bridge that strengthens those who feel as if they can't go on. Clients served include US Air National Guard, US Army Reserves, Homeland Security, Hospitals, Universities, Public Schools, faith and Civic organizations. Training events are offered across the U.S with a particular focus on Georgia, South Carolina, and Texas.

Population(s) Served
Adults

The Courageous Challenge is the annual friend and fund raising event of Armed Forces Mission to bring attention to the epidemic of suicide. It is a fun day with teams knocking out push ups to symbolically demontrate that hurting individuals with the encouragement of others can push through the pain that puts them at risk.

Population(s) Served
Adults

Armed Forces Mission organized the first LOSS Team (Local Outreaach to Suicide Survivors) in the State of Georgia that is fully embedded in the local law enforcement community, working with the Peachtree City Police Department and other local agencies.

The AFM LOSS Team provides crisis support on location, as well as local outreach to survivors immediately following a suicide in the community.

Population(s) Served
Adults
Adolescents

Where we work

Our results

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

How does this organization measure their results? It's a hard question but an important one.

Number of Facebook followers

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Adults

Related Program

The Intervene Challenge

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

AFM has 1700 likes and AFM Founder has 2500 friends where he uses his personal FB page to primarily promote the work of AFM

Number of print, radio, or online ads developed

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Adults

Related Program

The Intervene Challenge

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

Represents local newspaper publication of events and/or articles submitted by Armed Forces Mission

Number of individuals applying skills learned through the organization's training

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Adults, Caregivers

Related Program

The Intervene Challenge

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

Armed Forces Mission has conducted more than 1,000 successful suicide interventions and trained more than 14,000 community members in the skills to save lives.

Number of public events held to further mission

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Adults

Related Program

The Intervene Challenge

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

After training more than 600 law enforcement personnel in Jan 2018 training request inreased nearly 600% over the previous year. In 2018 more than 3600 individuals participated in AFM Training.

Number of health outcomes improved

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Adults

Related Program

The Intervene Challenge

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

Suicide is increasing nationwide and along with that public request for AFM Rapid Response Intervention is increasing. Every year since inception AFM has experienced an increase in crisis calls.

Number of independent organizations served

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Adults, Emergency responders, Military personnel

Related Program

The Intervene Challenge

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

Organizations added in 2018 include Georgia Assocation of Chiefs of Police, Homeland Security, South Carolina Air National Guard, GA Department of Behavioral Health, and dozens of other organizations.

Number of people trained

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Adults, Caregivers

Related Program

The Intervene Challenge

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

2018 was our biggest year to date in the trainng of individuals to save lives.

Our Sustainable Development Goals

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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Goals & Strategy

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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Charting impact

Four powerful questions that require reflection about what really matters - results.

Through Rapid Response Intervention of those in crisis we aim to reduce the number of suicides in the communities we serve. To date Armed Forces Mission has conducted more than 1600 successful suicide interventions.

Additionally, through the Intervene Challenge we train others to do what we do. Intervention saves lives. To date more than 20,000 individuals have participated in the Intervene Challenge to gain the skills that save lives. Clients served include US Army Reserves, US Air National Guard, Homeland Security, Georgia Association of Chiefs of Police, more than 500 Public Safety agencies, Universities, Nurses Associaitons, Public Schools, Faith and Civic groups.

Through the ongoing expansion world class intervention training to thousands of community members we are seeing a reduction of suicide in the communities we serve. Lives are being saved.

Working closely with Public Safety organizations, Universities, faith groups, and other community partners we are increasing training opportunities every year.

AFM training facilitators are Master Trainers of the world's leading suicide intervention curriculum - Applied Suicide Intervention Skills Training (ASIST) and developers of the Listen Learn Lead Suicide Intervention Training Model.

Through a network of organizations and individuals with a passion for eradicating suicide. To date we have trained a network of care 20,000 strong. Through collaboration with our wide range of community partners we engage community members with a heart for turning the tide on suicide for the purpose of building a culture of health that saves lives.

Since 2012, Armed Forces Mission has conducted more than 1600 successful suicide interventions and trained over 20,000 individuals to do the same.

We have facilitated training to these organizations among others:

1. Military Intelligence Command
2. American Foundation for Suicide Prevention
3. Army Medical Command
4. Sergeant Majors Conference
5. Universities and high schools
6. Faith and Civic communities across the U.S.
7. Ft Benning Basic Training
8. Hospital CPE Students
9. Law enforcement Agencies nationwide
10. Georgia Chiefs of Police Association
11. Citizens of local communities that support the mission

Financials

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Operations

The people, governance practices, and partners that make the organization tick.

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ARMED FORCES MISSION INC

Board of directors
as of 8/13/2021
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

COL (Ret) Carl Hall

IRS

Term: 2018 - 2022

Heather Burrell

Secretary

Kenneth Koon

President

Doug Branton

Treasurer

Carl Hall

Chairman

Bob Babich

Outreach

MaCrae Koon

Military Liaison

Board leadership practices

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  • Board orientation and education
    Does the board conduct a formal orientation for new board members and require all board members to sign a written agreement regarding their roles, responsibilities, and expectations? No
  • CEO oversight
    Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year ? No
  • Ethics and transparency
    Have the board and senior staff reviewed the conflict-of-interest policy and completed and signed disclosure statements in the past year? No
  • Board composition
    Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership? No
  • Board performance
    Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years? No

Organizational demographics

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 08/13/2021

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Leadership

The organization's leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
White/Caucasian/European
Gender identity
Male

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