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  • Scott Air Force Base recognizes Mental Health Awareness Month

    Since 1949, May has been observed as National Mental Health Awareness Month, an opportunity to bring about greater awareness of psychological health concerns and conditions, to offer support for those who are living with these conditions, and to promote increased access to care and treatment.This month, the 375th Mental Health Clinic wants to
  • Airmen Resiliency Team provides 480th ISR Wing with medical, psychological and spiritual care

    Airmen of the 480th Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance Wing make life or death decisions every day to support warfighters around the world. To alleviate stress from these missions, the Air Force deployed a small group of medical, psychological and spiritual professionals called the Airmen Resiliency Team (ART), which is achieving
  • Don’t suffer alone – mental health disorders have effective treatments

    Mental health disorders are relatively common within civilian and military communities, but with early treatment, most mental health disorders can be effectively treated, and patients can return to mental wellness. While invisible wounds like post-traumatic stress disorder and traumatic brain injury are often associated with military service, they
  • Comprehensive Airman Fitness: Mental stability

    For a machine to function properly, the screws must be set, balance maintained and gaskets must be in good repair. Maybe that’s why mental instability is often characterized as having a loose screw, being out of balance or blowing a gasket. Recognized as one of the four domains of Comprehensive Airman Fitness, the Air Force describes mental wellness as “the ability to effectively cope with unique mental stressors and challenges needed to ensure mission readiness.”
  • I lost my son: Airman turns tragedy into therapy through resilience

    Following the unexpected death of her youngest son, Jeremiah, she became reckless. She was drinking daily and didn’t care whether she lived or died. It took a failed suicide attempt and court-ordered therapy for her life to change.
  • Managing Mental Health over the Holidays

    Holidays are a time when families come together to eat good food and spend quality time. They also can be a time of stress whether you are worried about having enough money, hosting the largest family get-together of the year, or traveling long distances.According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, it is important to give yourself a
  • PTSD Awareness leads to positive treatment

    Post-traumatic Stress Disorder can be debilitating in some patients, but thanks to advancements in research and the continued training of mental health providers, treatments are getting better all the time.Maj. Joel Foster, Chief of Air Force Deployment Mental Health, said treating PTSD has improved dramatically in the last 20 years.“Twenty years
  • 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
  • Coping with stress through healthy thinking

    Stress. Even mention of the word can increase anxiety for some. Everyone deals with stress differently, but how you cope with daily stressors can have great impacts on your quality of life and overall health.Stress is actually the body’s response to any demand, including change. According to the National Institute of Mental Health, there are at
  • Air Force increases access to behavioral health care

    Nearly half of people with a treatable behavioral health disorder do not seek help from behavioral health professionals, according to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. However, 80 percent of this population does visit a primary care manager at least once a year. The Air Force Behavioral Health Optimization Program seeks to bridge
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