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If you, or someone you know, have been through a traumatic event, seek out a mental health provider and request a screening. PTSD does not usually go away on its own and the earlier you seek help the sooner  you can start feeling better and return to the life you want to lead.  (AF Graphic)
PTSD Awareness leads to positive treatment
Post-traumatic Stress Disorder can be debilitating in some patients, but thanks to advancements in research and the continued training of mental health providers, treatments are getting better all the time.
0 6/25
2016
Senior Airman Ja’Mesha Pratt, 18th Operations Support Squadron airfield systems technician, poses for a photo June 15, 2016, at Kadena Air Base, Japan. Pratt heroically saved the lives of two local Okinawans after witnessing them involved in a terrible accident. She pulled them from their overturned vehicle and applied Self-Air Buddy care until first-responders arrived. (U.S. Air Force photo by Naoto Anazawa) Everyday hero: Airman’s quick thinking saves two from horrific crash
A sunny afternoon turned tragic when out of nowhere a car sped off a busy road landing nose-down, its velocity flipping it upside down before finally scraping to a halt off the side of the road. Senior Airman Ja’Mesha Pratt, 18th Operations Support Squadron airfield systems technician, had just finished Weighted Airman Promotion System (WAPS) testing when she witnessed the car fly off the side of the road.
0 6/15
2016
Coping With Stress Through Healthy Thinking (AF Graphic) Coping with stress through healthy thinking
Stress. Even mention of the word can increase anxiety for some. Everyone deals with stress differently, but how you cope with daily stressors can have great impacts on your quality of life and overall health.
0 6/13
2016
The Behavioral Health Optimization Program, or BHOP, integrates behavioral health personnel into primary care clinics, to provide “the right care, at the right time, in the right place.” Beneficiaries with behavioral health concerns can seek care directly through their primary care manager. Air Force increases access to behavioral health care
Nearly half of people with a treatable behavioral health disorder do not seek help from behavioral health professionals, according to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. However, 80 percent of this population does visit a primary care manager at least once a year. The Air Force Behavioral Health Optimization Program seeks to bridge this gap by providing behavioral health care in a primary care setting.
0 6/06
2016
As the potential for infected mosquitoes to reach the U.S. rises, the Air Force continues to closely monitor the emergence of Zika virus infection to help inform and protect Airmen and their families. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, all at-risk communities should prepare for possible Zika virus activity. AF continues to monitor Zika virus, infected mosquitoes could hit U.S. this summer
As the potential for infected mosquitoes to reach the U.S. rises, the Air Force continues to closely monitor the emergence of Zika virus infection to help inform and protect Airmen and their families. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, all at-risk communities should prepare for possible Zika virus activity.
0 6/02
2016
AFMS Homepage Mens Health Jun 2016 (AF Graphic) AF Men’s Health Month promotes better health, better care
According to the National Institutes of Health, compared to women, men are more likely to smoke, drink, make unhealthy choices and delay regular checkups and medical care. While mental health issues are more common in women, men are much less likely to seek care.Many of the major health risks faced by men can be prevented or treated with early
0 5/27
2016
Team Osan members pose near the building that caught fire at Songtan shopping district, Republic of Korea, May 2, 2016. The Airmen and Soldiers, along with many onlookers worked together to save the lives of an Airmen, mother and her three children when a fire broke out on April 29, 2016. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Jonathan Steffen/Released Airmen, Soldiers save lives in local fire
Service members from 51st Fighter Wing, 8th Fighter Wing and the 35th Air Defense Artillery Brigade stepped in to aid four local community members and an Airman escape from a building fire in the Songtan shopping district outside Osan Air Base, Republic of Korea, April 29. With no help and no other choice available, the residents of the building
0 5/03
2016
Senior Master Sgt. Rebecca Bench, 37th Intelligence Squadron superintendent, Airman 1st Class Brandon Mikulak, from the 37th IS, and Master Sgt. Tj Feldhacker, 37th IS first sergeant, poses for a photo on Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam, March 16, 2016. Mikulak showed remarkable resilience when his mother suffered a stroke and he became the caregiver for his two sisters. Bench and Feldhacker played a significant role during this challenging time for Mikulak. Feldhacker assisted with housing for Mikulak’s family and assisted with his PCS to JBPHH. Bench organized donations from personnel throughout the JBPHH community and quickly sorted through, picked up and delivered all the items to furnish Mikulak’s entire home. (U.S. Air Force Photo by Staff Sgt. Christopher Stoltz/Realesed) Hawaii Airman demonstrates resiliency under pressure
It was a normal day for Airman 1st Class Brandon Mikulak working at the 8th Communications Squadron at Kunsan Air Base, South Korea. He took his lunch break in his dorm and was enjoying a piece of leftover birthday cake when he received the call that would change his life. Mikulak was about to encounter several life-changing decisions and, faced
0 5/03
2016
May is Mental Health Awareness Month (AF Graphic) May is Mental Health Awareness Month in Air Force
(This is the first AFMS article for the Mental Health Awareness Month series.)Nearly one in five adults, or 43 million Americans, has a diagnosable mental disorder, according to the National Institute of Mental Health. Contrary to many other brain disorders, effective treatments are available for mental disorders. May is Mental Health Awareness
0 4/28
2016
U.S. Air Force Airmen are the Air Force's best asset for responding to and preventing sexual assault. Dedicated and professional Airmen play a critical role in supporting survivors and restoring unit mission readiness in the aftermath of a sexual assault. Sometimes people may be blindfolded to their surroundings by their daily routines, but recognizing those in need of support is needed for upholding Air Force Core Values, esprit de corps and mission accomplishment. (U.S. Air Force photo illustration by Senior Airman Peter Reft/Released) #notjustApril: PACAF Airmen pledge to ‘know your part, do your part’ during SAAP Month
Although the Air Force is engaged in eliminating sexual assault 24/7, April is designated Sexual Assault Awareness and Prevention Month. This year's Department of Defense theme is "know your part, do your part," highlighting that sexual assault is a problem affecting all Airmen.
0 4/15
2016
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