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8th Marine Corps District

Marine Corps Recruiting Command

1513 Desert Storm Road, Fort Worth, TX 76127
Behavioral Health
Behavioral Health keeps Marines and families resilient and healthy. Their mission is to prevent behavioral health problems and provide quality counseling and intervention services for those who need assistance. The ultimate goal is to ensure that services are offered as early as possible, in an effort to decrease the amount of time that Marines and families struggle with symptoms and associated consequences.

Suicide Prevention
Suicide is defined in the dictionary as the act of killing oneself intentionally. The reasons behind these attempts are numerous; some may attempt suicide to escape a situation that they think is impossible to deal with. The following is a list of indications that a Marine may be considering suicide:
  • Talking about dying, disappearing or harming oneself
  • Giving away ones' belongings
  • Seeking information about how to die and looking to obtain means to commit suicide
  • Loss of activities previously enjoyed. Loss of a relationship, loss of job or money
  • Facing a situation of humiliation or failure
  • A sudden, unexpected switch in personality or emotions
  • Tempting fate by taking reckless or impulsive risks that could lead to death
  • Insomnia, often with early waking or oversleeping, nightmares
  • Loss of appetite and weight, or overeating
  • Feeling worthless, shame, overwhelming guilt or self-hatred
  • Expressing a sense of hopelessness
If you are feeling desperate, alone, or hopeless, there is help available. A free 24-hour hotline is available to anyone in suicidal crisis or emotional distress. Your call will be routed to the crisis center nearest you. For help and more information please call:
  • The National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-TALK(8255)
  • Military One Source at 1-800-342-9647
  • Marine Corps Community Services counselors at 1-800-869-0278
  • The NAS Fort Worth JRB Chaplain at 817-782-5665 or 817-782-6313
  • Call for yourself or someone you care about
  • It is free and confidential
  • It contains a network of more than 140 crisis centers nationwide

Family Advocacy Program
The Family Advocacy Program provides education, assessments and treatment on many topics. Our mission is to support Marine Corps readiness through prevention and early intervention. The program addresses family violence issues through a Coordinated Community Response to promote safe family relationships and the emotional health of Marines and their families. We all want to be as healthy emotionally as we are physically. We can all use a bit of help from time to time. FAP is here to provide that help. To speak with the Family Advocacy Office here at Fort Worth, call (817) 782-5472.

Victim Advocate Services
Civilians - If you are a victim of sexual assault or if you are seeking more information about the program call the Civilian Victim Advocate at (619) 279-6113. Advocates are on call 24 hours a day. You are not alone.

Restricted Reporting
The Department of Defense is committed to ensuring victims of domestic abuse are protected, treated with dignity and respect, and provided support, advocacy and care. However, a requirement that all domestic abuse incidents be reported can represent a barrier to victims hoping to gain access to medical and victim advocacy services without command and law enforcement involvement. In order to address these competing interests, victims of domestic abuse incidents now have two reporting options: unrestricted reporting and restricted reporting. You can ask questions and get answers so that you can make informed decisions about your future.

Family Advocacy Services - Family Violence
Family Violence is very destructive to the family and also hurts unit readiness. The Family Advocacy Program provides counseling to assist families dealing with spouse and child abuse. We encourage families to seek help at the earliest signs that abuse and violence are occurring. Advocacy for the welfare and safety of an infant or child is everyone’s business.
For local resources, please call the National Domestic Violence Hotline at 1.800.799.SAFE (7233) 1.800.787.3224 (TTY) Anonymous & Confidential Help 24/7

Family Violence includes Domestic Abuse and Child Maltreatment. The Department of Defense defines each as follows: Definitions:
Domestic Abuse Is:
  • Domestic violence
  • A pattern of behavior resulting in emotional/psychological abuse, economic control, and/or interference with personal liberty that is directed toward a person of the opposite sex who is:
    • A current or former spouse
    • A person with whom the abuser shares a child in common
    • A current or former intimate partner with whom the abuser shares or has shared a common domicile
Child Maltreatment (abuse or neglect) is:
The physical or sexual abuse, emotional maltreatment, or neglect of a child by a parent, guardian, foster parent, or by a caregiver, whether the caregiver is intra-familial or extra-familial, under circumstances indicating that the child's welfare is harmed or threatened. Such acts by a sibling, other family member, or other person shall be deemed to be child maltreatment only when the individual is providing care under express or implied agreement with the parent, guardian, or foster parent.

Child Abuse Hotline 1-800-4-A-CHILD
The Childhelp National Child Abuse Hotline is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

Child Abuse National Hotline 1-800-252-2873, 1-800-25ABUSE