Hello! My name is Stacy Komar.
I am pleased to introduce myself as the new Suicide Prevention Program Manager. I am an Army veteran having served four years in Active Duty with the 2nd Infantry Division out of JBLM Washington and went on to serve in the Wisconsin Army National Guard (WIARNG) for three years with the 32nd IBCT. I have a B.A. in Social Welfare from the University of Wisconsin-Madison and have spent many years working in the human services field both within non-profit agencies and in the county sectors. My true passion is working alongside with and helping Soldiers, emphasizing and encouraging anyone to seek help when needed. My mission is to reduce the rate of suicide that continues to plague, not just the National Guard, but all Department of Defense military branches. I aim to do this by working as a collaborative member of the Service Member Support Division (SMSD); more specifically I will do this by way of providing education, outreach and support to all units within the WIARNG. I often travel to units throughout the state to present the Suicide Prevention brief to Soldiers. I thoroughly enjoy doing this as it gives me direct face-face time with the Soldiers and begins to build a trusting and cohesive relationship with them which is vital in opening up for discussion and concerns centered on suicide.
The WIARNG began implementing the ASIST workshop in 2012, and since its launch the need and desire for this course has increased drastically. We continue to receive positive feedback on the workshop and the value it holds in reducing suicide within the organization. Through completion of the two day ASIST course, Soldiers will have a better understanding of the attitudes and beliefs surrounding suicide and ultimately be trained as a Suicide Interventionist-an individual who can provide “suicide first aid” to another-whether this be a fellow Soldier, friend, family member or even a complete stranger.
I am incredibly honored to be a team member of the SMSD and to have the opportunity working with the WIARNG. I look forward to seeing the Suicide Prevention Program continuing to progress and strive to make positive changes in the lives of individual Soldiers, units located throughout the state and ultimately, the WIARNG force as a whole.
Listed below are the upcoming ASIST course, all of which I, along with our other Certified ASIST trainers will be instructing. Please note that we often encourage Family members to attend certain ASIST courses. Particularly any that are held at Camp American Legion which allows for the Soldier and Family to gain a better understanding and enhance the learning opportunity in regards to ASIST and suicide. Furthermore, Soldiers and Family can take advantage of Camp American Legion’s accommodations and various activities following the two-day class! The link at the bottom will direct you to the site where registration can occur. Please do not hesitate to contact me at any time with questions/concerns.
UPCOMING ASSIST COURSES
AUG 29-31 2018: Camp American Legion, Lake Tomahawk WI
Register Here! (CAC required)