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  • Combating the stigma against help-seeking

    Col. Heather Fox, the 9th Reconnaissance Wing commander at Beale Air Force Base, California, doesn’t mince words when it comes to encouraging supervisors at the wing to support Airmen and Guardians who may need help. During all-calls, and whenever else she gets the opportunity, Fox lets her Airmen know that help-seeking should be viewed in a
  • Department of the Air Force leaders focus on resiliency

    Senior leaders are focused on building and growing resilience by establishing a task force called Operation Arc Care. This task force is currently reviewing resilience programs and overarching strategy using a phased approach which began in November.
  • There is Help and There is Hope

    One of the most important actions to take when someone has suicide ideation is to take the method of suicide away from them according to Kathryn Lynnes, a suicide attempt survivor and civilian within the Department of the Air Force.  “Try to get them to give you their lethal means,” said Lynnes.  “Don’t try to talk them out of it. Don’t promise
  • Listening and Leadership Can Save Lives

    Technical Sgt. Daniel Rakowski knows what it feels like to lose a friend to suicide and never wants to experience it again.  In 2012, a friend who had recently separated from the Army died by suicide. Rakowski saw firsthand how the Soldier’s death so deeply affected those around him – his family, his friends and Rakowski himself.  At the time,
  • Embedded mental health essential during pandemic (Part 1)

    Embedded Air Force mental health professionals play a critical role in keeping Airmen mission ready, and during the COVID-19 pandemic they are even more important to maintaining readiness.
  • Wing plugs resources for mental health, resilience

     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
  • Stay mentally fit during COVID-19

    The 86th Medical Group is available to help with any stressors, including those related to COVID-19. The group established a COVID-19 Stress Line April 6.
  • Chapel and Mental Health provide DMH to ASAB

    The 386th Air Expeditionary Wing chapel and mental health offices have worked together to stand up the Disaster Mental Health (DMH) program, enabling Airmen across Ali Al Salem Air Base options to seek the resources needed to cope during the new circumstances of COVID-19.
  • Tyndall Airman wins AF mental health NCO of the year

    Mental health plays a significant role in the modern day service member’s readiness. The 325th Operational Medical Readiness Squadron’s mental health clinic ensures that Tyndall’s warfighters are mentally fit and ready to execute the mission.
  • Rescue dogs help heal wounded warriors

    Muffled gunfire reverberates from an unknown location within the building; Peter’s unwavering gaze is focused on his partner’s ‘six’ - three weeks of training is about to be put to the test.The Omaha Gun Club is host to certified training sessions between military service dogs and their handlers and is where Russ Dillon of Dillon’s Dogs likes to
  • Family Advocacy Program team teaches new course

    Dennis Wright is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker at Dyess Air Force Base. In his office on the third floor of the 7th Medical Group building, his warm eyes peer out from behind eyeglasses.He explains that this year, the Family Advocacy Program team has taught Positive Psychology to more than 400 Airmen with a 98% approval rating.Family Advocacy
  • Are you sad or are you SAD?

    It’s that time of year again, when the warm summer fades into autumn chills and frosty winters. The skies become grayer and the sun barely shines. For some, autumn and winter are welcome breaks from the summer heat; but for others, the change in seasons may cause dread. Some individuals suffer from Seasonal Affective Disorder, also referred to as Depressive Disorder, with the seasonal pattern. As the name suggests, it’s a form of depression that occurs during the seasonal change, particularly after summer until spring.
  • Taking care of Airmen: How the AF Academy's Peak Performance Center helped a cadet recover

    The Peak Performance Center at the U.S. Air Force Academy helps cadets overcome challenges.
  • Taking care of Airmen: How the AF Academy's Peak Performance Center helped a cadet recover

    The Peak Performance Center at the U.S. Air Force Academy helps cadets overcome challenges.
  • Wounded warrior talks resiliency during tactical pause

    In the wake of Air Force Chief of Staff Gen. David L. Goldfein’s Resiliency Tactical Pause directive, Master Sgt. Jose E. Rijos, Air Force Wounded Warrior ambassador, recounted the traumas of his career with his service dog, Cairo, at his side.
  • Team Fairchild takes Resilience Tactical Pause

    Team Fairchild hosted three base-wide all calls as part of the Air Force-wide Resilience Tactical Pause implemented by Air Force Chief of Staff Gen. David L. Goldfein and Chief Master Sergeant of the Air Force Kaleth O. Wright on August 7 at the base theater.
  • Finding a Way Through Depression

    His marriage ended on ugly terms. He had been depressed for months. He feared negative consequences to his career so he shared little of what he was going through with his friends and supervisor. Then, Senior Airman Michael Drinkwater made a plan that finally gave him a sense of relief.  But, it wasn’t relief from a plan to get well. Instead,
  • Finding a Way Through Depression

    His marriage ended on ugly terms. He had been depressed for months. He feared negative consequences to his career so he shared little of what he was going through with his friends and supervisor. Then, Senior Airman Michael Drinkwater made a plan that finally gave him a sense of relief.  But, it wasn’t relief from a plan to get well. Instead,
  • My ART was there when I needed them most

    In August 2018, I was assigned to shift work following my selection for promotion. I was excited to have the opportunity to work with the joint personnel on the operations watch floor, but nervous about meeting expectations required of my new rank.
  • Seeking mental health treatment: 49th Maintenance Group chief shares his experience with PTSD

    “Dealing with a traumatic event from 2011 in Afghanistan, I realize now that I probably needed help long before 2018, but at the time I felt like I’d figured out how to control the ghosts in my head. I forced myself to keep them at bay, and instead of dealing with my problems, I just let them fester,” recalled Chief Master Sgt. Eric Corvin, 49th Maintenance Group Quality Assurance superintendent, as he opened up about his post-traumatic stress disorder.
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