Be brave. Ask for help.


For some, the holidays bring pain and loneliness. It’s tough to imagine unless you’ve been there.

Service members and their families can feel particularly stressed at this time of the year. Frequent deployments, changing locations, and families separated for extended periods of time can trigger the blues…or a serious mental health condition.

Admiral Mike Mullen, Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, encourages service members and their families to reach out for help if they are struggling with feelings of anxiety, stress, or depression. “Don’t fight this alone,” is one of the messages in a new video produced by TricareHealth, a health care program serving uniformed Service members, retirees and their families worldwide.

For anyone who has the holiday blues, Tricare encourages reaching out to a trusted friend or family member to talk.

Members can use a phone service to seek confidential counseling through the Tricare Assistance Program (TRIAP) from the privacy of their own homes.

A complete list of websites and links are available at the Tricare Mental Health Resource Center.

Rear Admiral Christine Hunter, Deputy Director of  Tricare Management activity says TRIAP, a web-based videoconferencing option,  provides short-term, solution-focused, non-medical counseling for situations resulting from commonly occurring life circumstances such as deployment stress, relationships, personal loss and parent-child communications.

No one should have to battle the unseen wounds of war alone.


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