Suicide is a serious concern in military communities; service members and their families deal with a great number of stressors. You can help reduce the risk of suicide. Pay attention to those around you — or reach out to talk to someone if you feel you can’t cope.
Resources are available for those whose loved one died by suicide. This article provides important steps to take, as well as resources for support and connection with others who have been down this difficult path.
As a service member, you’ve been taught to expect the unexpected. The unexpected can require a little support. As a veteran, you have help at hand. Find out about what kinds of assistance are available to you.
Sometimes strength means asking for help. Military OneSource and the Military and Family Life Counseling Program offer free, confidential, face-to-face non-medical counseling to support you with military and family life challenges like preparing for and handling a move or nurturing a relationship with a deployed spouse.
Surviving the suicide of a loved one is different than a natural death and can be especially traumatic. It is common for survivors to feel that they didn’t do enough to save their loved one, creating feelings of what is called survivor guilt.
Self-injury is deliberate harm inflicted on a person’s own body. It may include cutting or burning the skin, preventing wounds from healing, slamming fists or other parts of the body against hard objects or pulling out hair.
Everyone plays a role in ensuring gun safety at home. Knowing and understanding the safety measures and precautions needed to keep a household safe can save lives.
Just as physical fitness is a central part of military life, good mental health is as important for your well-being, and military and family readiness. Mental health challenges and issues shouldn’t be ignored or hidden. There are lots of resources available to help anyone suffering get diagnosed and get better.
People who live through a traumatic event sometimes suffer its effects long after the real danger has passed. This is called post-traumatic stress disorder, or PTSD.
To prevent and identify drug use among military personnel, Department of Defense policy requires service members to participate in random urinalysis testing. For those struggling with addiction, the military offers support. Here are the basics of its drug prevention program:
Tough times can throw things out of whack. If you feel in over your head and want to reclaim control, talking it out can really help. Reach out anytime to get started.
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The Financial Management Awareness Program is here to help you alleviate financial distress so you can be “Always Ready, Always There.”
Understanding and identifying a substance use problem, whether your own or that of a friend, can be the beginning of a better life. Learn how to identify the warning signs of substance use disorders and where to get help.
The Department of Defense wants you to know that getting help for a psychological issue is a sign of strength. Speaking up can be a sign of good judgment, responsible behavior and a commitment to performance.
National Guard kids deserve as much care and support as service members do. Military children face unique challenges from other children.
When your spouse returns from a deployment with a combat stress injury or post-traumatic stress disorder, it can affect everyone in the household. To do your best for your spouse — and for you — learn more about combat stress, what resources are available, and most importantly, how to care for yourself.
Keep you and your military family safe and healthy during the coronavirus disease 2019 self-quarantine with these tips.
No one ever deserves to be abused. Anyone can be a victim of domestic abuse — a friend, relative, neighbor or co-worker. Once you understand domestic abuse, you can support victims safely, confidentially and at their own pace.