Resources at Wright-Patt available to help people meet life challenges

Along with mental health, the behavior health professionals in family practice can work on developing individual resilience and coping skills on a short-term basis or refer to additional resources if needed. (Metro News Service photo)

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Along with mental health, the behavior health professionals in family practice can work on developing individual resilience and coping skills on a short-term basis or refer to additional resources if needed. (Metro News Service photo)

Every day stressors and major life events can get the best of people and cause the need to seek additional support to help prevail through the challenges that impact resilience and well-being.

At Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, these resources are collectively known as the Community Action Team (formerly called Integrated Delivery System).

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Some of the resources include:

The Airmen and Family Readiness Center provides multiple resources to include the Exceptional Family Member Program, Readiness Program, Financial Services, Employment Assistance, Volunteer Resources, Relocation Assistance and Transition Assistance. These offices provide information, training and programs for military members of all branches, Department of Defense employees and their families at Wright-Patt.

The Mental Health Clinic, located in the Wright-Patterson Medical Center, provides a comprehensive array of services from one-on-one counseling and evaluation, alcohol and drug dependency treatment, and family advocacy with training and education. With classes on parenting and relationships, such as "Dads 101" and "How Not to Marry a Jerk(ette)," the Mental Health clinic helps address immediate and long-term challenges that may impact mental health.

Along with mental health, the behavior health professionals in family practice can work on developing individual resilience and coping skills on a short-term basis or refer to additional resources if needed.

Military Family Life Consultants are available to military members and dependents and are a great resource for working through challenges. Sessions are available on a confidential basis, and participants meet with an MFLC consultant either individually or as a family with no record retained for individual identification.

For civilians, the Employee Assistance Program provides confidential counseling to employees and supervisors of civilian employees. An EAP program, Worklife4You.org, provides resources and support through new parenting, college, elder care and general wellness. A call to 1-800-222-0364 connects you to an agent who will walk through concerns, whether it's a broken furnace or a soon-to-be college freshman, and provide information as well as send a resource kit in the mail.

The Chaplain Corps provides pastoral counseling, worship services, marriage and single retreats, and youth group services. With additional locations at Kittyhawk chapel and the medical center, the chaplains are available to support in a multitude of situations and locations.

These resources are for the challenges our total force experience both during their duty day and at home.

For more information, click the “people” icon on your taskbar at the bottom of your computer screen or visit wpafb.af.mil and select “WPAFB helping agencies” from the right-side menu.

If you believe the situation is critical, contact 9-1-1, go to a hospital emergency room or call the Suicide Crisis Hotline and Chat at 1-800-273-TALK (8255).

For more information contact Heath McNaughton, community support coordinator, at 937-257-6442.

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