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  • Mental health team provides care with Airmen in mind

    Life can be stressful.In addition to everyday life, dealing with frequent temporary duty trips, ever-lurking deployments and permanent reassignments from one end of the globe to the next can be both physically and mentally taxing for service members.Often separated from family and social support systems, Airmen encounter various stressors
  • Airman drummer beats adversity with style

    Those who know him would normally describe him as soft-spoken and reserved, but life was and is anything but quiet for this musically-inclined Airman.
  • Real stories of courage, heroism, inspire at Air Force Magazine Day

    Col. Laurel Burkel has no recollection of her first meeting with Air Force civil engineer Greg Gangnuss. But some 20 months after a British Puma Mk 2 helicopter crash at the NATO base in Kabul, Afghanistan claimed the lives of five coalition members, injured five others and nearly decapitated her, Burkel finally met, in person, the man who helped save her life.
  • Connection saves lives: be there to help prevent suicide

    You can make a difference for someone struggling with suicidal thoughts with as little as eye contact and a friendly smile, an arm around the shoulder, or a kind word at the right time. Everyone has a role to play in preventing suicide, a key theme of the Department of Defense’s #BeThere Campaign, which encourages making a difference through every
  • Overcoming the shadow of death: an Airman’s fight against depression

    Staff Sgt. Srun Sookmeewiriya (pronounced, Sook-mee-vi-ri-ya), or Sook, as many people know him, may seem like a happy and carefree Airman at first glance. The 313th Expeditionary Operations Support Squadron NCO in charge of reports regularly puts forth an earnest effort to keep his unit alive and running, so his dark past and struggle with
  • Every Airman Plays a Role in Suicide Prevention

    The Air Force is determined to prevent suicide, but you don’t need to be a specialist or doctor to do that. Sometimes all it takes is starting a conversation. Everyone has a role to play. That’s a key part of the Department of Defense’s #BeThere Campaign, which encourages making a difference through every day connections.   “We're sending the
  • Complex connection between social media, suicide, prevention

    As social media continues to grow in popularity, mental health specialists across the country are taking a closer look at the relationship this fusion of technology and social interaction has with suicide and other destructive behaviors.Dr. Heather Thanepohn, Air Force Reserve Command’s Director of Psychological Health program manager, has been
  • AF medical leader discusses suicide prevention program improvements

    Maj. Gen. Dorothy Hogg, the Air Force Deputy Surgeon General, met with the House Armed Services Committee’s Military Personnel Subcommittee June 15 to provide an update on the Air Force’s  suicide prevention program. “Air Force suicide prevention starts with leadership at every level,” Hogg said during her opening statement. “We know healthy social
  • AF Men’s Health Month promotes better health, better care

    According to the National Institutes of Health, compared to women, men are more likely to smoke, drink, make unhealthy choices and delay regular checkups and medical care. While mental health issues are more common in women, men are much less likely to seek care.Many of the major health risks faced by men can be prevented or treated with early
  • SAPRO director: Everyone has part in preventing sexual assault

    From the most junior service member to the highest ranking official, everyone in the Defense Department has a role in eliminating sexual assault, the director of the DOD Sexual Assault Prevention and Response Office said in a recent DOD news interview. April is Sexual Assault Awareness Month, and the theme for this year's observance is, "Eliminate
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