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Mental health readiness Good mental health critical to readiness
Mental health is a critical part of every Airman’s medical readiness. Although many service members worry that seeking mental health care will negatively effect their career, the opposite is usually true. With early identification and the right treatment by a medical professional, most mental health issues get better quickly without any negative career impact.
0 11/20
2017
Suicide Prevention Month graphic Suicide prevention month: stopping suicide is everyone’s battle
September is Suicide Prevention Month, a time for Americans to build awareness and help understand suicide in our culture. More than 40,000 Americans lose their life due to suicide each year and research shows that rates in the military and the general population are very close. The loss of any one person to suicide is a tragedy, and that is why
0 8/31
2017
Maj. (Dr.) Robert Seals, 21st Medical Squadron clinical psychologist, Marnie Hebert, 21 MDS Mental Health technician and Staff Sgt. Jeannie Hackett, 21 MDS Mental Health clinic NCO in charge, speak on the importance of seeking help at Schriever Air Force Base, Colorado, Monday, July 24, 2017. The Schriever Mental Health clinic provides a number of services to Airmen to ensure their mental well-being. (U.S. Air Force photo/Senior Airman Arielle Vasquez) Mental Health providers encourage seeking help
They may not be visible on the outside, but this does not mean mental health problems don’t exist.
0 7/26
2017
Default Air Force Logo TRICARE expands treatment options for mental health and substance use disorders
TRICARE expanded mental health and substance use disorder (SUD) services, adding intensive outpatient programs and expanding options for opioid treatment. In addition to other improvements, this expansion improves access to care and increases opportunities for mental health and SUD treatment. It also makes it easier for beneficiaries to access the
0 7/21
2017
New annual Mental Health Assessment requirement began July 31, 2017. (U.S. Air Force graphic by Steve Thompson) New annual Mental Health Assessment requirement begins July 31
Starting July 31, 2017, Airmen undergoing their annual Periodic Health Assessment may notice something new. A Mental Health Assessment will now be part of every annual PHA, to help ensure that Airmen suffering from undiagnosed mental health issues are referred to the necessary care. Mental health issues are a serious problem for U.S. Armed Forces
0 7/19
2017
June is PTSD awareness month. The Air Force Medical Service is employing treatments for PTSD that makes a real difference in the lives of Airmen suffering from this invisible wound of war. PTSD treatment confronts the trauma behind the disorder
Post-traumatic stress disorder is considered one of the “signature wounds” of the current conflicts in the Middle East. But many people may not know that there are highly effective treatments for this invisible wound being deployed at Air Force hospitals and clinics today. It’s normal to feel stressed and anxious after a traumatic event. For
0 6/22
2017
May is mental health month, and mental health disorders are common in both military and civilian communities. Fortunately, effective treatments exist for most mental health disorders. Often, the biggest impediment to getting better is an unwillingness to seek care. 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.
0 5/14
2017
If you, or someone you know, have been through a traumatic event, seek out a mental health provider and request a screening. PTSD does not usually go away on its own and the earlier you seek help the sooner  you can start feeling better and return to the life you want to lead.  (AF Graphic)
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
0 6/25
2016
The Behavioral Health Optimization Program, or BHOP, integrates behavioral health personnel into primary care clinics, to provide “the right care, at the right time, in the right place.” Beneficiaries with behavioral health concerns can seek care directly through their primary care manager. 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
0 6/06
2016
Default Air Force Logo Putting mental health in focus
Nearly one in five adults, or 43 million Americans, has a diagnosable mental disorder, according to the National Institute of Mental Health. Contrary to many other brain disorders, effective treatments are available for mental disorders.
0 5/01
2016
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