By Petty Officer Second Class William Selby
Throughout Defense Media Activity today we’ll be talking about stress. More importantly, how to recognize it, how to deal with it and how to decrease the stigma of seeking help. Click here to meet Sheri Hall, an Army spouse who is helping other military families understand how to deal with combat stress in a family member and take care of themselves as well. Hall’s effort is part of a program through the Defense Health Clinical Center called the Significant Others Support Group – check it out here. Help comes in all shapes and sizes – learn about one furry resource for PTSD by clicking here. You can find out how Sailors deal with stress here. One approach the National Guard has taken is to assign leaders in psychological health to each state and territory. Find out what they are up to by clicking here.
Air Force Lt. Col. Christopher Robinson, Defense Centers of Excellence for Psychological Health and Traumatic Brain Injury senior executive director for psychological health, was interviewed today on “Around the Services” as he discussed some of the ways service members can deal with their stress. You can view today’s episode of “Around the Services” here.
It’s extremely important that we as service members not only know how to recognize if we are having stress related problems, but that we also know how to combat it by using the resources that the military has provided us. More importantly, we need to encourage our warriors to talk about their stress related problems in order to destroy the negative stigma related to combat stress.
That’s what the DCoE offers. Ways to recognize stress, combat stress and how to get rid of the negative stigma of seeking help for combat related stress.
So spread the word and help those in need by watching or streaming the interview at www.PentagonChannel.mil. Also, check out hash tag #NoStressZone on Twitter throughout the day. We will be tweeting about how to combat stress and adding additional new content to this blog post throughout the day.