An important first step to living your best MilLife is knowing it’s OK to ask for help. REACH-S — Resources Exist, Asking Can Help-Spouse — was created to empower military spouses to do just that.

REACH-S is an initiative for military spouses to destigmatize mental health challenges, normalize help-seeking and connect those in need with support. Facilitators can access materials to support REACH-S demonstrations through the links below.

REACH-S is implemented through small-group discussions divided into two sessions.

  • Session One focuses on military spouses’ barriers to seeking mental health care, solutions to these barriers and self-care practices.
  • Session Two focuses on the service member’s barriers to seeking mental health care and teaches suicide prevention skills to military spouses.

Resources

Facilitator Manuals

Facilitator manuals provide everything you need to lead both REACH-S sessions. Separate manuals are available for active-duty spouses and National Guard and reserve spouses.

 

Resources Handout

Distribute this comprehensive list of resources to REACH-S demonstration participants. This handout includes space to add local resources.

 

Session One

Demonstration Video — Session One

View this demonstration video of an example REACH-S Session One presentation, which focuses on overcoming barriers, finding resources and thriving as a military spouse. This video can help you prepare to facilitate your own REACH-S presentation.

 

Slide Decks — Session One

Download the slide deck to accompany your REACH-S Session One presentation.

 

Session Two

Demonstration Video — Session Two

View this demonstration video of an example REACH-S Session Two presentation, which focuses on supporting service members’ mental health and well-being. This video can help you prepare to facilitate your own REACH-S presentation.

 

Slide Decks — Session Two

Download the slide deck for your REACH-S Session Two presentation.

 

Looking for the REACH Facilitator Demonstration for Service Members

REACH materials are also available specifically for service members to get in front of challenges by seeking help early. Take the REACH Facilitator Training course on MilLife Learning.

 
Note: Military Research and Outreach (REACH) is an unrelated program that makes research about military families accessible and practical for military families, direct-service helping professionals and those who work on behalf of military families. Browse the Military REACH Library.