Wing plugs resources for mental health, resilience

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HILL AIR FORCE BASE, Utah – As the Air Force emphasizes the importance of resilience in recent years, the need to look after one’s mental health has become even clearer as Airmen face the effects of COVID-19 in both their professional and personal lives.

LeeAnn Gossett, the 419th Fighter Wing’s director of psychological health, said there are numerous resources available online – from exercise tips to virtual tours to finding productive ways to fill the time during social distancing. She offered a few trusted websites geared toward resilience, family resources, and mental and spiritual health.

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Mobile apps for Utahns and veterans

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Resources for meditation, mindfulness

Gossett recommends various meditation and stress-reducing mindfulness techniques. There are numerus mediation apps available, such as audio resources and guided meditations, and Gossett said people can utilize internet searches to find routines that fit their personal preference.

For Airmen and civilians in the 419th FW, Gossett is available from 7:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. weekdays and on Unit Training Assembly weekends at (801) 775-4275.