Category Archives: Videos

Helping Navy Families THRIVE During Deployment

Deployments create unique stressors for Sailors and their family members. Recently, the Commander Navy Installations Commands, Fleet and Family Support Program released a dynamic series of video podcasts specifically designed to help Navy families thrive amidst the challenges and stress of deployment.

The videos range from three to five minutes in length and provide an overview of the following:

To watch the full series, go to the Fleet and Family Support Program’s YouTube channel or website.

And the winner is…

The moment many of you have been waiting for is here! After receiving nineteen entries from small Seabee Units, Naval hospitals and clinics, Navy Operations Support Centers, CSADD Chapters and even aircraft carriers, the winners of the 2012 Suicide Prevention Public Service Announcement Contest have been chosen! With so many quality entries, it was hard to select just a single “best.” The three winning submissions are…

Navy Suicide Prevention PSA There is Hope

There is Hope – The team from the USS Ronald Reagan Media Department (CVN 76) did an outstanding job of addressing the many risk factors for suicide, illustrating that it’s never the result of a single event or factor. Relationship and/or financial problems, stress, anxiety, and uncertainty are all potential risk factors for suicidal behavior, particularly when combined with feelings of hopelessness. The video highlights these stressors while ending in a positive light by emphasizing that helping someone to realize that there is hope can also help them see that Life is Worth Living.

Navy Suicide Prevention PSA Find Your Light

Find Your Light – Leave it to CSADD to depict such a strong message with extraordinary creativity! The Save Our Sailors Chapter of the Coalition of Sailors Against Destructive Decisions Naval Medical Center San Diego again highlighted the negative perceptions that contribute to suicidal thoughts, as well as other risk factors like alcohol abuse. Illustrating the message “It’s Okay to Speak up When You’re Down,” when a Shipmate took the time to ACT, the distressed Sailors saw that their lives and stressors mattered to someone. Furthermore, the Sailors realized that someone cared enough to help them get assistance to address these issues so that they could again believe that Life is Worth Living.

Don’t Weight! It’s Okay to Speak Up When You’re Down. – This entry was filmed entirely with a Smartphone! The Navy Operational Support Center San Antonio team has a great grasp on the weight that life’s challenges can have on us, and how our responsibilities may keep us from believing that we can speak up when we’re down. The video interweaves suicide prevention resources, a visual definition of ACT, while again reinforcing that Sailors take care of Sailors.

Winners are now available for viewing by clicking the above links. They will also air on Direct to Sailor television aboard Navy ships, reaching a potential Navy and Marine Corps audience of over 145,000 daily, and will be provided to the American Forces Network and Pentagon Channel.

Bravo Zulu to all entrants! Each submission showed an immense amount of thought, time, energy and effort in promoting lives worth living among fellow Sailors. Share the winning PSA’s with your command, family and friends!

For official announcement of contest winners, visit

For more information on the Suicide Prevention Public Service Announcement Contest, reference NAVADMIN 218/12.

For more information on Navy Suicide Prevention visit

For confidential 24/7 help call the Veterans Crisis Line at 1-800-273-TALK, option 1.

MCPON Talks Stress

Recently MCPON (Master Chief Petty Officer of the Navy), Rick West released a video on his YouTube channel highlighting the importance of operational stress control.

Stress affects all of us.  The MCPON talks about the signs of too much stress and what to do when you notice those signs in yourself or in your shipmates.  He emphasizes the importance of helping each other and challenges each of us to help, “knock down the barriers that discourage our people [from] seeking help early.”

We encourage you take a moment to watch the video and talk about it with your shipmates.

Related links:
MCPON West’s YouTube Channel
MCPON West on Facebook

Treat – Knowing When and Where to Go for Help

This blog post is part of the OSC Five Core Leader Functions series that features several guest bloggers.

Of the five core leader functionsstrengthen, mitigate, identify, treat and reintegrate—the most problematic for many leaders is the “treat” part.  They certainly are given enough training in identifying symptoms, but they often have a tough time with their portion of the “treat” part.  After all, that’s medical’s job.

I am known for taking a few trips down metaphor lane from time to time when talking about stress. So, perhaps a metaphor might help in understanding the leader’s role in their Sailor’s treatment.

We will have achieved our goal of reducing stigma when depression or PTSD is viewed like a knee injury.  If you were to see one of your Sailors limping along on a bad knee, you wouldn’t ignore it.  You’d probably ask about it and ensure they were seen by medical.  You’d also ensure that your Sailor was on track with their treatment to get back to full duty.

There are two key things the leaders do.  First, they are aware of what is going on with their subordinates and, second, they support them in their treatment.  The knee injury is kind of easy because it is visible.  The stress injury can be more difficult.  Being aware of what is going on with your people takes a little more effort. First you have to get to know them, earn their trust and then develop the ability to pick up on subtle signs and behaviors.  This is where the stress continuum can help.  It gives you some categories and a list of behaviors as a sort of cheat sheet to check yourself.  If you think someone needs help, support their effort to find the right help and make sure they stick to a treatment program. It’s not easy to find the balance between respecting privacy and knowing when to intervene, but the extra effort will be worth it.

It doesn’t matter whether your people are hurting physically or mentally.  When they are hurt, we need to be able to pick up on it and then make sure they get the help they need.  You don’t have to be the therapist, but you just have to make sure they are able to get to the one they need.


Captain Hammer is the director of the Defense Centers of Excellence for Psychological Health and Traumatic Brain Injury. Prior to being the director of DCoE, Capt. Hammer served as the director of the Naval Center for Combat and Operational Stress Control at the Naval Medical Center (also known as NCCOSC), San Diego, California. Captain Hammer has personally trained thousands of service members in operational stress control, psychological health and traumatic brain injury topics.

Related posts:
Now I Have OSC – What Do I Do With It?
OSC’s Five Core Leader Functions
Conversation with a Cruiser CO: Practical Ways to Mitigate Stress
Success at Sea

Rear Admiral Herb offers Stress Tips

In the following video Rear Admiral Martha Herb, Navy Personnel Command Director, offers several tips for Sailors and their families on how to navigate stress.