Military life, and life in general, can be both rewarding and challenging, and everyone deals with life stressors. Fortunately, most Airmen deal effectively with life stressors the majority of the time.
For some people, however, challenges can seem overwhelming, which may even lead to thoughts of suicide. Risk Factors for suicide include anything that makes it more likely that a person will attempt to take his or her own life, such as:
- Relationship problems
- Legal challenges
- Financial issues
- Medical problems
- Sleep concerns
- Workplace challenges
- Family problems
These stressors may or may not be known to others. For this reason, it’s important to notice changes in those around you, and engage with anyone you are concerned about. Ask questions in order to understand what’s going on, and provide support. It’s also important to recognize Risk Factors in yourself as signs that you may need additional support.
Miltary One Source
Airmen and families have support available 24/7. Military OneSource counselors are available at no cost and offer short-term, confidential, non-medical counseling services for a wide range of issues from marital conflicts, anger management, stress management and coping with separation, loss and deployments. Military OneSource sessions can take place in person, over the phone, or via secure video or online chat. This is the perfect resource for those who reside more than 50 miles from an Air Force installation, or need counseling services after hours. Click here to visit the non-medical counseling page.
Employee Assistance Program (EAP)
Welcome to the Air Force’s Employee Assistance Program for Air Force civilian personnel, also known as "EAP." You’ve come to the right place to find free, confidential services to help you and your household members manage everyday challenges and work on more complex issues.
We offer coaching to help you grow and achieve your goals and counseling, for when life gets difficult. We provide management support to help your staff thrive and self-care programs to improve your emotional health. All Air Force civilian personnel—including non-appropriated funds, or NAF, employees; Guard and Reserve; and family members may use the program at no charge to the individual or family member.
The EAP provides the same services and access to care provided in the past with continued access 24/7 via telephone, website or in-person. Call 866-580-9078 or click here to be taken to the new EAP portal where you can:
- Explore the variety of services available
- Find a provider to meet your unique needs
- Search the Learning Center for relevant health information and tools Just use code "USAIRFORCE" to register.
Sexual Assault Response Coordinators (SARC)
Sexual Assault Response Coordinators (SARC) and Victim Advocates are available to assist victims and survivors of sexual assault. The Aviano Air Base SARC serves as the single point of contact for integrating and coordinating sexual assault victim (survivor) care 24/7, 365 days a year. The SARC Office is also responsible for providing Sexual Assault Prevention training throughout the installation.
Visit this link for POCs and helpful numbers across the National Capital Region (NCR), to include the Pentagon, Bolling AFB, JBA, just to name a few.
Whether we are religious or not, we all share in the human spirit; that spark, that drive, that “why” that motivates us and keeps us going. We all may define and develop it differently, but that human spirit is something we share. Developing that spirit gives us the ability to thrive through difficulty, to bounce back from setbacks, and to meet life, with all of its challenges, head on.
No matter what it may look like for you, your Chaplain Corps stands ready to support you in your spiritual fitness.
Press the button below to visit their website. The resources on their page were chosen to represent a broad spectrum regarding spiritual fitness. Our hope is that these materials will inspire and encourage you in developing your readiness to meet the challenges of life and the call of our nation as you continue to serve in the world’s greatest Air and Space Forces and beyond.