Hello! My name is Brenda Gallant.
I am pleased to introduce myself as the Suicide Prevention Program Manager (SPPM). I served as a United States Marine both Active Duty and Inactive Ready Reserves for 10 years. I was a spouse of an Active Duty Marine for 7 years and I am a mother of 2 Soldiers and 1 Marine. I have worked in the Health Care Industry for 23 years as a Quality Improvement Coordinator. I have also worked as a WIARNG Family Readiness Support Assistant.
I have lived, and I understand the pride and the stress of the military life cycle. I have a drive and passion to work with people; which makes working with units and Soldiers regarding Suicide Prevention a priority to me. One loss to suicide is one to many! It is very important to emphasize and encourage anyone to seek help when needed and assist each other to seek help. My mission is to reduce the rate of suicide that continues to plague, not just the National Guard Soldiers, but all Department of Defense military branches and their families.
I aim to do this by working as a collaborative member of the Service Member Support Division (SMSD); more specifically I plan to do this by providing education, outreach and support to all units within the WIARNG. I plan to travel to units throughout the state to present the Suicide Prevention education briefs to Soldiers. This will help give me direct face-face time with the Soldiers and begins to build a trusting and cohesive relationship with them, which is vital in creating an opening for discussion and concerns centered on suicide.
I am very honored to be a member of and working with the WIARNG SMSD team. I am looking forward to working with each unit and seeing the Suicide Prevention Program continue to progress and strive to make positive changes in the lives of individual Soldiers, their family members, each unit and the WIARNG total force.
Please do not hesitate to contact me at any time with questions/concerns.
One Team, One fight!
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 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 of 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.
Did you know Family members are 100% welcome to attend special ASIST courses? Any course that is held at Camp American Legion allows the Soldier and their Family to learn together about the realities and prevention of suicide. Soldiers and their Families can take advantage of Camp American Legion’s accommodations and various activities following the two-day class! Interested people should contact me. Please do not hesitate to reach out to me at any time with questions/concerns.