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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).

Suicide Prevention Awareness…Beyond September

September is Suicide Prevention Awareness Month—but we must maintain healthy lives year-round. Long before suicidal thoughts occur, feelings of hopelessness, irreversible failure and/or a lack of belonging set in. Those thoughts may overshadow our perception of our own strength, and evolve into a struggle that seems increasingly difficult to overcome.

That’s why—not only as Sailors, but as leaders, shipmates, family and friends—we must unite to provide a sense of appreciation and belonging. Telling just 3 people why they make a difference in your life can be just as uplifting to you as it is to them. These small seeds of hope can have a powerfully positive effect—letting others know they are an important part of our lives. This is just one of the “Seven Everyday Ways” we can promote emotional health at any time of year.

Commands can take action too. Now, with new resources available and while discussion of suicide prevention at the forefront,  it’s  a good  time to update your Crisis Response Plan (CRP) and run a drill to check its effectiveness. The Commanding Officer’s Tool Kit for Suicide Prevention is an excellent resource to jumpstart and tailor your command’s CRP.

Individuals can practice preparedness as well. With a partner (shipmate, family member, or anyone you’), practice how you’ll apply your crisis plan and ACT in a behavioral health crisis.

There are many ways we can  extend the momentum of Suicide Prevention Awareness Month.   The Navy Suicide Prevention Program’s Seven Everyday Ways to Promote Suicide Prevention Awareness offers ideas and resources for individuals, commands and families to promote healthy living.  Suicide Prevention begins while we are still mission ready in the green zone—it doesn’t start when we’re already in crisis!  Use this resource as a launch pad for your own ideas on how to sustain awareness and make a difference in the lives of those around you.

To download the Information Sheet “Seven Everyday Ways to Promote Suicide Prevention Awareness,” click here.

Visit www.suicide.navy.mil for more details on Navy Suicide Prevention Awareness Month and resources.

Navigating the ERB News

Navy life is exciting but it can also be stressful. Some stress can help us to perform at our peak level, however too much stress can be harmful. Knowing what to expect and where to go for help can ease the negative impact of stress. Looking ahead can help us be better prepared for life’s inevitable challenges.

The recent Enlisted Retention Board results are a case in point. Some Sailors and families are faced with the challenges of leaving the Navy, while others are losing their shipmates and friends. We are all affected. But there is help available. There are some valuable resources available to lessen the impact of uncertainty and help Sailors and families better navigate the ERB process.

The Navy Personnel Command has recently launched a section on their website to focus on the ERB process as part of their resources for those Sailors transitioning to civilian life.

The NPC website highlights:

–       Transition Handbook
–       Transition Resource Guide
–       US Chamber of Commerce Hiring our Heroes Career Fair links
–       and more

When you are feeling the negative affects of stress here are some things you can do that will help:

  1. Exercise
  2. Talk to someone you trust
  3. Eat healthy
  4. Visit your local Fleet and Family Support Center to find out what resources are available to you as you begin your transition
  5. Stay positive

Knowing your options and what resources are available are key to a successful transition. The Navy is taking great care to keep Sailors informed of their options, available resources and new opportunities through promotion of career forums like the recent VA Veteran Career Job Fair and Expo in Washington, DC, as part of the VA for Vets initiative.

“Sailors looking for further transition assistance resources can access TurboTAP at www.TurboTAP.org for 24/7 access to helpful pre-separation and transition guides, employment, education, relocation and benefits checklists and more. Other information about career options and employment opportunities is available at www.careeronestop.org, a Department of Labor website.”

“Our Sailors have served honorably and our Navy is committed to doing all we can to help them and their families successfully transition to the civilian sector,” said Master Chief Petty Officer of the Navy (MCPON) (SS/SW) Rick D. West.

Complete information about all of the transition assistance resources available through CNIC and FFSC’s worldwide can be found at www.cnic.navy.mil.

More information on ERB transition assistance can be found on the NPC Web page at http://www.public.navy.mil/bupers-npc/boards/ERB/Pages/TransitionInfo.aspx.

Source articles:
Early Retirement Option Approved for Some ERB-Separating Sailors
Transition Benefits: Many Are Available to All Sailors

OSC Leader Training – Getting back to “Taking Care of Sailors”

If having leadership in one room, at one time, candidly discussing real stress issues with your peers appeals to you, then register for the Navy OSC Leader Course on April 25, 2011, in San Diego, CA.

The 1-day course encourages audience discussion of real-life scenarios you and your Sailors face every day.   Join other Navy Officers and Chief Petty Officers in learning how to effectively help Sailors navigate stress.  While the course aims to help promote long-term health, wellness and well being of our Sailors, families and commands, past students put its results in more practical terms.

One department head said the course was, “Totally necessary; very relevant.”  A Command Master Chief commented, “Frankly, I feel it brought to the surface some things we may have a little knowledge of, but refocused us on what it is all about: Taking care of Sailors.”

Course Details:
Navy OSC Leader Training
Date: April 25, 2011
Location: Town & Country Resort and Convention Center, San Diego, CA
Registration:   http://ow.ly/43AlV

For more information on the workshop objectives, download the course flyer.

Registration Now Open for the Navy and Marine Corps COSC Conference

Registration is now open for the 2011 Navy and Marine Corps Naval Center for Combat and Operational Stress Control Conference April 26-29 2011, “The Critical Role of Junior Leaders” – For more information and to sign-up visit

http://www.med.navy.mil/sites/nmcsd/nccosc/Pages/coscConference2011.aspx

Related links:

MARADMIN – 058/11
NAVADMIN – 033/11