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Good mental health critical to readiness November 20, 2017 — 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. MORE

Suicide prevention month: stopping suicide is everyone’s battle September 16, 2017 — 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 MORE

Suicide prevention month: stopping suicide is everyone’s battle August 31, 2017 — 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 MORE

New annual Mental Health Assessment requirement begins July 31 July 19, 2017 — 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 MORE

Be your own advocate June 16, 2017 — Standing in line at the Commissary on Joint Base Andrews, Tech. Sgt. Lucas Mefford, 11th Civil Engineer explosive ordinance disposal craftsman, felt uncontrollable anger welling up in his chest.“A woman was having issues with the self-checkout, and it was taking forever,” he said. “I lost it. I yelled at her, tossed my groceries aside, and MORE