Local

August 1, 2014

Mental health-seeking campaign rolls out

Tags:
Airman 1st Class PEDRO MOTA
56th Fighter Wing Public Affairs

Airman 1st Class Jordan Ashlock, right, 56th Medical Operations Squadron mental health technician, interviews Tech. Sgt. MeShawn Guevara, 56th MDOS, during a mental health practice survey Monday at Luke Air Force Base. About one in 10 active-duty members report having mental health problems. The questionnaire will be distributed throughout the Luke community to help Luke members determine if they are in need of mental health services.

During war, battles are fought, faith is kept and we stand side by side to obtain victory, but the mental battle that can ensue after coming home can affect everyone, especially those closest to the person.

According to anonymous self-report data from the 2011 Air Force Community Assessment Survey, about one in 10 active-duty members report having mental health problems.

Ninety percent have no intention of seeking mental health services. However, 97 percent of service members who refer themselves to mental health care did not have a negative career impact.

“Leaders must promote an environment of healthy and adaptive behaviors, foster the wingman culture and encourage responsible help-seeking, and not tolerate any actions that prevent Airmen from responsibly seeking help,” said Gen. Robin Rand, Air Education and Training Command commander. “Seeking help early is a sign of personal courage, integrity and individual responsibility.”

For the next 18 months, the Air Force Medical Operations Agency will be collaborating with Penn State University to evaluate the impact of the Early Mental Health Help Seeking Campaign.

“The campaign launched in June and will be rolled out Air Force-wide over the next six months,” said Tech. Sgt. Annmarie Levy, 56th Medical Operations Squadron NCO-in-charge of the Alcohol and Drug Abuse Prevention and Treatment program. “In order to evaluate this campaign, we are seeking to understand the extent to which the community is receiving our message.”

Brief questionnaires will be given out in various places around base, including the mental health and primary care clinics, unit consultation, briefings, base dining facilities, gyms, the Exchange, the commissary, chapel and other public places.

The questionnaire is being brought to the community so the medical group on Luke Air Force Base can determine if there is anything unusual, and if something is found, they can better understand what and why it’s happening.

“Most individuals who voluntarily access mental health services have no negative career impact,” Rand said. “Take care of yourself, know how to recognize an Airman in distress and connect them to the proper agencies.”




All of this week's top headlines to your email every Friday.


 
 

 
Pg-1-photo

Chief of staff visits Luke

Air Force Chief of Staff Gen. Mark A. Welsh III and his wife, Betty, spent time meeting with Airmen and leadership Monday at Luke Air Force Base. Welsh highlighted Airman health, wellness and quality of life activities. He also...
 
 

Mentoring fosters dreams, strengthens us

A few days ago while reading an online commander’s call, I came across an article dated Dec. 31, 2014, stating President Obama proclaimed the month of January 2015 National Mentoring Month. Although this topic is thoroughly discussed in our Air Force today, I felt compelled to write on its importance all the same. In a...
 
 

Have you joined the Air Force yet?

I enlisted into the Air Force in February of 1997. However, I didn’t join the Air Force until March of 1999. No, I’m not talking about the Delayed Enlistment Program. There was no doubt that after high school I would attend college. However, not having applied for any scholarships and realizing that I didn’t have...
 

 
Courtesy photo

Prevention training goes face-to-face

Courtesy photo Maj. Jennifer Tomlinson, Air Education and Training Command Medical Readiness Division deputy chief, serves as facilitator during the AETC Medical Services and Training directorate annual Air Force Suicide Preven...
 
 
Senior Airman
JAMES HENSLEY

Thunderbolt looks to future

Senior AirmanJAMES HENSLEY Staff Sgt. Maddie Baker, 56th Dental Squadron acting commander secretary was an Air Force Honor Guard member prior to crossing over to the dental field. As the commander’s secretary, she plays a piv...
 
 

Tuskegee Airmen commemorated

The Archer-Ragsdale Arizona Chapter of Tuskegee Airman Inc. celebrated the 2nd Annual Tuskegee Airman Commemoration Day with a wreath ceremony Wednesday at the Tuskegee Airmen Memorial Air Park. The Tuskegee Airmen Commemoration Day is the result of legislation signed into law by former Arizona Governor Janice Brewer in 2013 and is the first such law...
 




0 Comments


Be the first to comment!


Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

You may use these HTML tags and attributes: <a href="" title=""> <abbr title=""> <acronym title=""> <b> <blockquote cite=""> <cite> <code> <del datetime=""> <em> <i> <q cite=""> <strike> <strong>


Directory powered by Business Directory Plugin