Psychological Health Advocacy Program serves Citizen Airmen, families
By Courtesy article, 94th Airlift Wing Public Affairs
/ Published May 09, 2019
DOBBINS AIR RESERVE BASE, Ga. --
The Air Force Reserve Psychological Health Advocacy Program provides a free, confidential path to resources and services for reservists and their loved ones.
One way PHAP representatives promote it is via 15 or more training events sponsored annually around the country by the Yellow Ribbon Reintegration Program, which assists reservists and their loved ones in maintaining resiliency before and after deployments.
At most Yellow Ribbon events, PHAP staff members lead a “Courage to Care” breakout session in which they discuss the deployment cycle and how it affects Reserve Citizen Airmen and those closest to them. During the session, they discuss strategies families can use to help them through the deployment cycle.
“In many cases, family and friends can pick you up when you find yourself overwhelmed or feeling down," said Rolando Edwards, PHAP outreach specialist. If you find that you can't handle it on your own, then it may very well be time for you to seek counseling."
Once reservists are referred to a resource for assistance, the PHAP staff will follow them through the steps until their issue is resolved.
PHAP offers a 24-hour message line at 1-866-417-0707. More information about the program can be found on our page.
Now in its 11th year, the Yellow Ribbon began in 2008 following a congressional mandate for the Department of Defense to assist reservists and National Guard members in maintaining resiliency as they transition between their military and civilian roles. Each year, the Air Force Reserve program trains more than 7,000 Reserve Citizen Airmen and those closest to them in education benefits, health care, retirement information and more.
Original article published April 16, 2019 by Master Sgt. Luke Johnson , 943rd Rescue Group
Air Force Reserve Psychological Health Advocacy Program (South Regional Team)
1492 First Street
Building 922, Room 128
Dobbins ARB, GA 30069-5009
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