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Mental Health
  Mental Health Self Assessment:
  after deployment - offers service personnel and their families the opportunity to take anonymous, mental health and alcohol use self-assessments online, via the phone, and through special events held at installations. The self-assessments are a brief series of questions that, when linked together, help create a picture of how an individual is feeling. To take a free, anonymous self-assessment, visit after deployment.
  Resources and Links:
  Navy and Marine Corps Public Health Center - It's critical for Sailors to be psychologically strong.  NMCPHC has the educational resources to help you navigate stress and strengthen your resilience so you can perform at your best.
Military One Source - Consultants offer confidential support and practical solutions 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.
Returning from the War Zone -
  • A Guide for Military Personnel: this guide is to help military personnel understand what to expect when returning from a war zone, and to help them to better adapt back to home life.
  • A Guide for Families of Military Personnel: this guide can help family members with reintegration following war. Learn how other families and military members dealt with common challenges.
  • Children Coping with Deployment: explains how children react to a parent's going to war, with suggestions for helping children cope
  • Women Who Served in Our Military - The role of women in the military has changed. This video presents the many trauma treatment options available to women Veterans today by VA medical facilities.  Hosted by Jane Pauley, distinguished television news anchorwoman and journalist, the video examines how women's deployment to war zones can lead to stress responses. Testimonials by women Veterans offer proof that treatment does make a difference and can help the Veteran return to normal life.
    Focus Project - FOCUS (Families OverComing Under Stress™) provides resiliency training to military children and families. It teaches practical skills to meet the challenges of deployment and reintegration, to communicate and solve problems effectively, and to successfully set goals together and create a shared family story.
    National Center for Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder
      National Talkline: 1-800-273-TALK (8255)
      Mental Health Crisis Line for Island County: 1-800-584-3578
    Suicide Prevention
      Suicide is the 10th leading cause of death in the United States of America. Since 2010, suicide has been the second leading cause of death among U.S. service members, exceeded only by war injury. During the calendar year 2011, the U.S. Navy tragically lost 59 Sailors to suicide.* It affects everyone. Men are about four times more likely than women to die from suicide, however, women are three times more likely to make a suicide attempt. Several factors may place a person at risk for suicide. The risk factors include:
  • previous suicide attempts
  • a history of depression or other psychological health problems
  • alcohol/drug abuse or misuse
  • a family history of violence or suicide.
  • However, having these risk factors does not always mean that suicide will occur. Acute Warning Signs That May Precede a Suicide Attempt are:
  • IDEATION - Thoughts of suicide expressed, threatened, written or otherwise hinted at by efforts to find means to suicide
  • SUBSTANCE ABUSE - Increase or excessive alcohol or drug use
  • PURPOSELESSNESS - Seeing no reason for living or having no sense of meaning or purpose in life
  • ANXIETY - Feeling anxious, agitated, or unable to sleep (or sleeping all the time)
  • TRAPPED - Feeling like there is no way out
  • HOPELESSNESS - Feeling hopeless about self, others, and the future
  • WITHDRAWAL - Isolating from family, friends, usual activities, society
  • ANGER - Feeling rage or uncontrolled anger, seeking revenge for perceived wrongs
  • RECKLESSNESS - Acting without regard for consequences, excessively risky behaviors, seemingly with-out thinking
  • MOOD CHANGES - Experiencing dramatic changes in mood
  • Take all talk about suicide very seriously! Know the risk factors and warning signs of suicide. Tell your shipmate, friend, or family member that you are worried, concerned and care about them. Seek professional assistance immediately or call 911. NEVER LEAVE A PERSON WHO IS SUICIDAL ALONE!
  • Suicide Myths
  • Test Your Suicide Knowledge
  •   National Lifeline and Veterans Hotline Information:

    The National Suicide Prevention Lifeline provides free and confidential emotional support to people in suicidal crisis or emotional distress 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. If you need help, please dial 1-800-273-TALK (8255). You will be routed to the closest possible crisis center in your area. Call for yourself, or someone you care about. 

      Resources and Links:

    Navy and Marine Corps Public Health Center - Our suicide prevention resources help individuals recognize and understand suicide related behaviors, risk factors, warning signs, and protective factors as well as learn how to help if confronted with a suicide situation. These valuable resources can be used not only by Sailors or Marines who need a helping hand but also by family members and friends.

    Navy Personnel Command - Navy Suicide Prevention website.

      Local Phone Numbers and Hotlines:

    Mental Health Department: 

    (360) 257-9484

    Chaplain Services: 

    (360) 257-2414

    Fleet and Family Support Center: 

    (360) 257-6289

    Island County Crisis Line: 

    (800) 584-3578

    Teen Link: 

    (866) 833-6546

    National Suicide Prevention Lifeline: 

    (800) 273-8255
    Need help finding resource materials like posters, pamphlets, or flyers for your command? Need help with your next health-related GMT? Need a speaker for your next safety stand down? Contact the Naval Hospital Oak Harbor Health Promotion Office at (360) 257-9892 or email us at: Health Pro for assistance.
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