CAP Chaplain Corps: a resource for resiliency, spiritual resiliency and suicide prevention

The National Suicide Prevention Lifeline
Available 24 hours every day
Call 1-800-273-8255

Or you can text the Crisis Text Line at 741741

The Disaster Distress Helpline
Call 1-800-985-5990
Text 'TalkWithUs' to 66746

Learn more about the new "CAP Five Pillars of Wellness and Resilience"
Civil Air Patrol's Five Pillars of Wellness and Resilience

What is Resilience?  Spiritual Resilience?

Resilience is the strength we have to face and work through stresses, changes and adversity in our life.  It is the "toolbox" of coping mechanisms that we learn and use when we aren't "in control" of a situation that brings us suffering, pain (emotional or physical), loss and emotional grief.

Spiritual resilience is having four key "pillars of strength" inside yourself.  These are learned.  They are:

  1. Our values -- what code or ethical principles guide us through life, define who we are and remind us of our importance.
  2. Having Perseverance -- the ability to keep going when things look bad or difficult.
  3. Having Perspective -- the ability to see things happening in a "bigger picture" so that it becomes a small part of a larger whole to your life.
  4. Having Purpose -- the ability to remember what your goals are and to see that your life is connected to others and to events that make you uniquely important in the world at this particular time.

If you are in need and unable to reach out to a chaplain or mental health provider, please call the number at the top of the page.  The Civil Air Patrol Chaplain Corps is here for YOU!

Here are some resources to help you find the strength inside yourself or to assist others right now:

The 2018 USAF Resource webpage for Suicide Prevention 

Option B website 

What happens when an Air Force chaplain and an Air Force mental health professional team up to create a podcast on topics appropriate for everyone on how to be more resilient in life?  The answer is "The Pillars" created by a team at the Joint Forces Base Langley - Eustis.  Listen on three different media:

The Pillars (Podcast)

National Suicide Prevention Awareness Month—September

Character Development Lessons Available:

  1. Teen Suicide 2002
  2. Teen Suicide 1995
  3. Teen Suicide 1986
  4. Teen Suicide 1980
  5. Out of the Loop 2006
  6. Mind Reading (Suicidal Thoughts) 2006
The Air Force encourages all members of its team carry ACE (Ask, Care, Escort) cards with them at all times as a quick reference.
The Air Force encourages all members of its team carry ACE (Ask, Care, Escort) cards with them at all times as a quick reference.


  1. ACE Wallet Card
  2. Article: ACE Suicide Prevention Program Wins National Recognition
  3. Signs of Suicide—How One Person Can Make A Difference
  4. Warning Signs and Risk Factors

Other Department of Defense and Civilian Material

  1. Defense Suicide Prevention Office "BeThere" Campaign 2016
  2. USAF and components' "Wingman Toolkit" for Resiliency
  3. USAF Suicide Prevention website
  4. "Real Warrior" Spiritual Well-Being website
  5. Healthy Living—Suicide Prevention Education
  6. Living Works Training for Suicide Prevention
  7. American Foundation for Suicide Prevention
  8. "The Military Chaplain" Vol. 89, No. 3, from the Military Chaplains Association
  9. Option B resilience page

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