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Resources available for Airmen seeking anxiety, depression, burnout

Staying Connected Lifts Spirits

Staying connected with your team members can play a significant role in improving your spirts and unit morale. (AF photo courtesy of Vance AFB)

Mental health graphic

Mental Health Graphic (U.S. Air Force graphic by David Clingerman, 88th Air Base Wing Public Affairs)

As the weather begins to change and days get shorter and cooler, some individuals may notice a shift in mood, too. This change in mood may be Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD) - some people call it the “winter blues.” It is common to want to “hibernate” more when the days have more dark than light. The changing seasons, the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic and upcoming holiday season can all contribute to low feelings and frayed nerves.
 
Daily work stress, juggling family priorities and seeming barrage of never-ending bad news can also spark feelings of anxiousness and sadness. There are many Air Force and base resources available to help those who are struggling. Besides getting some daily physical exercise, sunlight and fresh air and limiting news consumption, here are some resources that may help you.
 
AF Connect App AFLCMC screenshotOne-Stop Shop: The Air Force Connect app is available for free on Android and iOS from the Google Play and Apple App stores. Be sure to add your place of assignment/employment as a "favorite" and click the "helping center" box for all local resources. 

Employee Assistance Program (EAP) - Provides civilian employees and their families with free, confidential resources and support to help manage normal everyday life challenges that may impact job performance and personal wellbeing. Examples include counseling, financial and legal services. 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 visit online. 
 
Affirmative Employment Program (AEP) – The program is responsible for promoting positive action in all personnel administrative and management matters including recruitment, employment, and promotion. It is also designed to promote equal opportunity and to identify and eliminate discriminatory practices and policies. Ensures equal opportunity for all employees by evaluating employment practices to eliminate barriers based off of race, color, religion, sex, gender identity, sexual orientation and disability.
 
WPAFB POC: Mr. Kevin Simmons, AEP Program Manager, can be reached at DSN 904-3308 or at kevin.simmons.1@us.af.mil
 
For both military and civilian personnel:
 
Chaplain - Meetings are 100% confidential. Chaplains do not have a duty to warn the command team. In fact, they cannot tell anyone anything an individual discloses but will ensure the member obtains help needed. Capt Kristin Swenson, AFLCMC Chaplain, and can be reached at kristin.swenson.1@us.af.mil or through the Command Post after hours at 937-257-6314.
 
 

 Veteran's Crisis Line - call 1-800-273-8255 and press "1." Chat online by texting 838255.

 


Here are great resources for military and dependents:

Military Family Life Consultant (MFLC)
- Does not create a record and will meet member anywhere. Youth or Adult counseling. Phone numbers: 937-972-1054 or 937-203-6461.
 
Military OneSource - Up to 12 free sessions with civilian counselor in the area. Phone number: 800-342-9647.
 
Mental Health- 937-257-6876.
 
Senior Master Sgt. Elise Redziniak and Lt. Col. Wendell Toney are available to assist members.
 

 

If you or someone you know is in immediate distress, call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-TALK (8255). You also can text the Crisis Text Line (HELLO to 741741)