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Launching Soon: Navy’s Behavioral Health Quick Poll

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Let Your Voice Be Heard

Day-to-day Navy life can be stressful, and the 21st Century Sailor Office’s Operational Stress Control program wants to hear about it from YOU.

This month, 42,000 Sailors will have the opportunity to participate in the Navy’s Behavioral Health Quick Poll (BHQP). Insights and feedback provided will help to shape tools that the Navy develops to promote healthy stress navigation and resilience-building.

The poll—which is approved by the Chief of Naval Operations—examines the amount and sources of stress Sailors are experiencing, how Sailors react to stress and its impacts, as well as knowledge, attitudes and beliefs about available resources.

Participation in the BHQP takes less than ten minutes. The poll consists of 17 multiple choice questions that are completed and submitted online. Sailors will be invited to participate at random using a computer-generated “token” and will be notified of their selection via email. Participation is anonymous and responses cannot be traced back to an individual.

What is OSC?

The Navy Operational Stress Control (OSC) Program seeks to create an environment where Sailors, commands and families can thrive in the midst of stressful operations. The OSC Program is governed by OPNAVINST 6520.1A and offers courses for deckplate supervisors and unit leaders to better enable them to build trusting relationships with their Sailors, identify and manage stress, build resilience and strengthen their commitment to Every Sailor, Every Day.

In addition to these courses – which are delivered via mobile training teams (MTT) at no cost to the command – the OSC Program conducts research on several key issues impacting Sailors in their personal and operational environments, such as sleep deficits and the benefits of circadian watch bills.

Know Your Zone

April is National Stress Awareness Month, and there’s no better time to check in with ourselves and each other. Adopting and incorporating ways to navigate life’s challenges in a healthy manner is a shared responsibility between Sailors, leaders and families. Participating in this year’s Behavioral Health Quick Poll is a great way to help the Navy become more aware of the stress issues that Sailors are currently facing in order to better support you, your command and your family. Together we can Be There for Every Sailor, Every Day.

For more information on the Navy OSC Program, including training and additional resources, visit http://www.public.navy.mil/bupers-npc/support/21st_Century_Sailor/osc/Pages/default.aspx.

Learn more about the Behavioral Health Quick Poll and get tips to help you and your family navigate stress by liking Navy Operational Stress Control on Facebook (www.facebook.com/navstress) and following on Twitter (www.twitter.com/navstress).

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VA Establishes “Coaching into Care” to Help you Help Your Veteran

According to the Navy’s 2012 Behavioral Health Quick Poll, talking to a friend or family member is an incredibly important ‘stress coping method’ for both officers and enlisted members.coaching into care

Knowing what to say and do isn’t always easy so the VA has established a confidential telephone service for friends and families of veterans.  Coaching into Care is a free and confidential coaching service to help callers discover new ways to talk with their Veteran about their concerns and about treatment options. Before you call, consider reading Tips for Encouraging Your Loved One to Access Mental Health Services on the Defense Centers of Excellence blog

Close friends and family members are often the only ones to recognize if a Sailor or family member is having trouble navigating the everyday or extraordinary stress of military life. Early intervention works but Sailors need to know where to go for the appropriate help.

Military members trust the people closest to them. Learn what to say and where to get help BEFORE you need it.

The Stress of Waiting for PCS Orders

Moving a household can be one of the most stressful experiences service members and their families can face. Uncertainty about new neighbors, schools and work can be stressful enough, but not knowing when ‘official orders’ will arrive can only make the transition harder. We’ve posted tips on how to Navigate Stress during a Permanent Change of Station (PCS) but the shorter window between the arrival of orders and reporting dates can only make an already stressful time, worse.  The Navy’s 2010 Behavioral Health Quick Poll tells us that ‘unpredictability’ is a major contributor to Sailor’s stress levels. We can’t control when the orders come through, but we can try to lessen our negative reactions by focusing on what we can control. For example, not knowing exactly when the movers are coming can be extremely stressful, but packing up ‘out of season’ clothing can provide a good start.  Reach out to others to find out how they’ve managed short notice moves and ask for help.  In the meantime try to take care of yourself and your family by understanding stressors and how best to prepare for what can be an extraordinarily stressful time.

Know that stress is normal. It can challenge us to perform our best, but too much stress can be harmful. Take time to participate in activities that can move you back into the green zone of the stress continuum.

Remember when it comes to the stress of PCS season, you are not alone – so reach out for help. More than 20,000 Navy service members and their families will face the same adventure this summer.

What activities do you enjoy to help navigate the stress of a PCS?

For more information on PCSing please visit:

http://www.move.mil
https://www.housing.navy.mil/onestop/
http://www.defensetravel.dod.mil/perdiem/bah.html
http://www.ahrn.com/
Fleet and Family Support Center’s Relocation Assistance Program