SUICIDE HELPCARD Source: The Hooah4Health website at http://hooah4health.com/toolbox/suicide/SuicideHelpcard.pdf 2005 Mind & Media, Inc. COMBAT OPERATIONAL STRESS REACTION GUIDE Source: The website of the US Army Center for Health Promotion and Preventive Medicine (USACHPPM), publication TG 241, at http://chppm-www.apgea.army.mil/dhpw/Population/combat.aspx 2005 Mind & Media, Inc. DEALING WITH STRESS: WHERE TO GET HELP Every Soldier is different, so every Soldier’s treatment for stress will be a little different. However, there are three things that help most people deal with stress: 1) Talk therapy, 2) Medicine, and 3) Time. Below is a list of resources for each that you can use if you run into stress-induced problems like depression, substance abuse, or post-traumatic stress disorder. 1. TALK THERAPY Chaplains Chaplains help Soldiers, leaders, and family members deal with faith issues, stress, anxiety, redeployment concerns, reunion issues, and ethical values. For the most part, sessions with chaplains are confidential—and the chaplain will tell you when a subject is not. Chaplains also make referrals for Soldiers so they can see other medical professionals. Soldiers and their families can see a chaplain at any time during the mobilization process. Army OneSource www.armyonesource.com User ID: army Password: onesource 800-464-8107 (When calling from the US) 800-464-81077 (To call international toll free) Army OneSource is a free telephone counseling service. You can call trained professionals 24 hours a day, 365 days a year, to help you deal with life’s issues. Through Army OneSource, you can also meet with a licensed counselor face to face in your local community, if you live anywhere in the United States or Puerto Rico. The first six sessions are free. All you have to do is call the number above. Soldiers Talking to Soldiers Talking to other Soldiers, especially war veterans, helps Soldiers deal with stress reactions related to mobilization. Other veterans have probably had similar experiences and can relate to what a Soldier is going through. 2. MEDICINE Military Medical Command When you are deployed, a medical unit will serve your Guard unit. The medical unit is staffed with doctors who can give you a diagnosis and prescribe medicine when necessary. 2005 Mind & Media, Inc. Family Doctor Your family doctor is also an excellent resource before you mobilize and when you return home. Your family doctor already knows your medical history and can help you in the short- and long-term as you deal with stress. Your doctor can also refer you to specialists. 3. TIME The US Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) offers ongoing benefits and services to Guard members who served on active duty. To see all the benefits you qualify for as a Guard member, go to www.va.gov. Here are two VA resources: Vet Center Vet Center provides free and confidential counseling services to war veterans. Many of the counselors are also war veterans, so they understand your problems in readjusting to civilian life and have training to help you solve those problems. They provide individual counseling; group counseling; marital and family counseling; and community, social service, and medical referrals. To locate the Center nearest to you, visit www.va.gov/sta/guide/home.asp. VA Medical Centers and Community-Based Outpatient Clinics Main website: www.va.gov VA medical centers are like regular hospitals, but they are designed for Soldiers. Community-based outpatient clinics also offer a range of services. Some offer substance abuse and stress treatment programs, mental health clinics, and psychiatry services. To find out what the nearest VA medical center and community-based outpatient clinics in your area offer, visit www.va.gov/sta/guide/home.asp. 4. ADDITIONAL RESOURCES As you learn about additional Guard and community resources, fill in the information in this section. ________________________________________________________________ ________________________________________________________________ ________________________________________________________________ ________________________________________________________________ 2005 Mind & Media, Inc.
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