Listen Learn Lead (L3)
L3 is a one-day workshop based on our work with more than 32,000 soldiers and veterans. L3 for LEP provides customized simulations for the law enforcement setting for peer support and the communities served.
5 hours POST Credit
Applied Suicide Intervention Skills Training is the world's leading suicide intervention curriculum; and shown in major studies to significantly reduce suicidality. AFM Facilitators are Master Trainers of the ASIST curriculum.
13 hours POST Credit
Mental Health First Aid
MHFA helps participants gain skills to assist individuals experiencing a mental health related crisis. The workshop provides In depth discussion of various mental health disorders and ways to help individuals recover resilience.
8 Hours POST Credit
Latest research reveals the following statistical data for suicide within the law enforcement community:
"The training offered by AFM can help officers recognize signs, comments and actions which can get an at risk person immediate help and possibly prevent them from harming themselves. Suicide is a real problem! If we are vigilant and properly trained we can help prevent someone from choosing to end their life.Thank You for all you do Major Koon and AFM. Drive On!"
Phil Hammond, DA Investigator, Pike County, GA
"Armed Forces Mission is a great community partner to the Peachtree City Police Department. We have been able to send several officers to the “I Will Intervene Challenge” workshops where they have gained additional skills needed to assist people in crisis in our community. Because of the efforts of AFM our officers are better equipped to recognize and respond to someone that is considering suicide."
Sgt. Brian Eden, Community Outreach Coordinator/ SRT Peachtree City Police Department
Meet Your Facilitator
Chaplain Kenneth Koon first began providing community chaplain care in the Fayette community more than 23 years ago, following the massive fire of a tanker truck. On that fateful day, April 23, 1993, Koon was having lunch with his wife and two small boys at McDonald's when a tanker burst in to flames 50 yards away. The only help he could provide came a few days later; organizing a firemen's appreciation day. That same day the fire chief asked Koon if he would be their chaplain.
Chaplain Koon commissioned into the US Army Reserve in 1991 and returned in 2010 with primary responsibility of suicide intervention and training. He currently serves more than 7500 Soldiers and their families as the family life chaplain with the 80th Training Command, USAR. As the Primary Suicide Intervention Officer in his previous unit he led the team that sustained a Zero Suicide Rate for five years in a unit covering soldiers in 13 states.
In his role as AFM Executive Director, Chaplain Koon has shared his personal story of bouncing back with various commands including Military Intelligence Command, Army MEDCOM and various military leadership conferences throughout the nation. He has worked with more than 32,000 Soldiers to build personal and spiritual resilience and has personally conducted more than 500 successful suicide interventions.
Chaplain Koon is the developer of the Listen-Learn-Lead Suicide Intervention Training Model (L3) now used by school districts and other organizations. L3 began as a model to assist Commanders in addressing the issues of toxic leadership. AFM staff quickly recognized the L3 model to have efficacy in suicide intervention training and thus a movement was born - the NO MORE SUICIDE Campaign. No More Suicide has become the banner of Armed Forces Mission to rally individuals from all walks of life to participate in AFM's I Will Intervene Challenge training workshops.
Chaplain Koon is a graduate of North Georgia College (the Senior Military College of Georgia) and was trained in ethics at West Point’s Center of Army of Professional Ethic (CAPE). He is an Army certified master trainer of suicide intervention; in 2014 he led the largest training of soldiers in the USAR. Chaplain Koon serves as a CIT (Crisis Intervention Team) Chaplain for the Peachtree City Police Department. He is a a member of the Georgia Chiefs of Police Association and the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI). In 2013 he developed the first LOSS (Local Outreach to Suicide Survivors) Team for the state of Georgia and hosted Georgia’s first LOSS Conference in August of 2016 with participants from five states attending the event. He and his wife, Sherry reside in Sharpsburg, GA and have four grown sons.
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