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Military OneSource to Host Relationship Wellness Summit

Relationships are critical to overall wellness, whether you’re single, casually dating or married with children. The connections you have and even the way you feel about yourself can affect day-to-day life, work, readiness and resilience.

But everybody has relationship challenges at times. Military life in particular can be tough on couples and single service members alike. That’s why it’s important to reach out for help when you need it. And there is plenty of support available for the military community.

On Nov. 16 and 17, 2021, the Department of Defense will host its inaugural Relationship Wellness Summit to help you strengthen your relationship with yourself, build critical relationship skills and rekindle bonds and connections with others. DOD will host the summit on the virtual Zoom platform, so no matter where you are, you can take part in this event.

Support for all kinds of relationships

Whether you’re in a committed relationship, looking for that special someone, taking time to focus on yourself or hoping to improve the bond with your child, you’ll find helpful tools, information and resources at the Relationship Wellness Summit. Attend any or all of three different tracks to:

  • Reinvigorate your romantic and intimate relationships.
  • Strengthen your relationship with your child.
  • Find support and build relationship skills as a single service member.

The summit will cover more than 20 topics, including:

  • Separation and deployment in intimate partner relationships
  • The impact of social media on romantic relationships
  • The science behind improving the parent/child relationship
  • Parenting and self-care in the age of COVID
  • Mindfulness for the single service member
  • Dating in the 21st century

In addition to getting tips and tools from relationship experts, you will hear stories from members of the military community and get tips and guidance from military couples whose relationships have endured over the years.

Year-round relationship support

Just like strength training and team building, developing strong relationship skills requires attention and actionable steps. You don’t have to figure it all out on your own. The DOD, through Military OneSource and the Military and Family Life Counseling program, provides free, non-medical counseling geared to military life. Check out these other resources to help you reach your relationship goals:

  • Re the We. Find a range of resources to renew, rekindle and repair your relationship.
  • Re the Me. Rebuild and renew your commitment to yourself after a breakup.
  • Building Healthy Relationships. Sign up for flexible specialty consultations from Military OneSource by phone or video to help you deepen relationships with family, friends, your partner and others.
  • Relationship Tips: Four Common Pitfalls and How to Tackle Them. View this five-part Relationship Real Talk video series featuring Dr. Kelly Blasko with the Defense Health Agency, and Kelly Smith, LCSW, from Military Community Support Programs. The series looks at four common conflict styles, how they get in the way of healthy communication and how you can keep them from damaging your relationship.
  • The Phases of Relationship Breakups. Read this article and watch the video to learn what to expect after a breakup and how to take care of yourself as you heal.

Tap into a virtual community of support. Register for the Relationship Wellness Summit, Nov. 16 and 17, 2021.

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