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Suicide Prevention Month graphic Suicide prevention month: stopping suicide is everyone’s battle
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
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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
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