Tag: September 2016

TRICARE and You – Dependents’ substance abuse treatment

TRICARE has recently implemented changes to its substance abuse policy for non active duty beneficiaries to make it easier and cheaper for you to access these services. Policies for uniformed service members are different than dependents. Service members may self refer for alcohol treatment and may not be assessed an alcohol incident if no other factors such law enforcement involvement, or driving under the influence are present. Read the full post to learn more.

Legal assistance: Ensuring your important documents are prepared

Have you considered and, if applicable, accomplished the transfer of your Post 9-11 GI Bill entitlement to another eligible family member? Do you have a plan in place for the care of your minor children in the event you are deployed or unavailable for an extended period of time? Readiness is a constant duty for all of us. We relentlessly train, study and prepare for the challenges, real or envisioned, that we are likely to face in our chosen fields. Unfortunately, the same rigor is often not applied to our personal matters. Preparing to sail or fly into a hurricane is vastly different than preparing for that hurricane to hit your home. Ensure your family and property are prepared by getting your legal documents in order. Coast Guard legal assistance attorneys provide advice and counsel regarding personal legal issues to thousands of service members, dependents and retirees each year at no cost.

Change in season: Fall weather hazards

Fall is officially here, and while it is a beautiful and usually mild time of year, it can also bring unusual weather. Since fall is a transitional season, weather hazards seen during both warm and cold months, including hurricanes, wildfires, intense winds, flooding, droughts, early season snow and more, can occur. Common fall hazards include floods, fog, hurricanes, solar flares, wildfires, wind and winter storms – just to name a few. Read more about being safe this fall!

CG SUPRT and work-life balance

Feeling a little off balance? CG SUPRT can assist you in making changes that help you feel more balanced and in control. Did you know that CG SUPRT offers Health and Wellness Coaching to guide you in developing new strategies to manage stress, balance your many obligations, and maintaining healthy habits. Or if you could use some emotional support for finding your balance, CG SUPRT offers Non-Medical Counseling. If financial stress is pushing you to work more or keeping you from enjoying time with your family, the CG SUPRT Personal Financial Wellness program can help you get your finances on track and prepare for your future. Or maybe you just have too many things on your plate and you feel like you could use a personal assistant. CG SUPRT Daily Living consultants can do some of the leg work for you such as locating adequate housing, jobs, education, elder care, child care, and more. Career Counselors through the CG SUPRT Spouse Education and Career Services are also available to support active duty spouses when they relocate or are ready to start a new career.

You can live a healthy and rewarding life

Mental and substance use disorders affect people from all walks of life and all age groups. These illnesses are common, recurrent, and often serious, but they are treatable and many people do recover. National Recovery Month is a national observance held every September to raise awareness about how substance use treatment and mental health services can enable those with a mental and/or substance use disorder to live a healthy and rewarding life. It is also a way to commemorate the progress that so many have made in their recovery. Recovery Month reinforces the positive message that behavioral health is essential to overall health, that prevention works, and that treatment is effective.

Applied Suicide Intervention Skills Training (ASIST) and SafeTALK

Coast Guard chaplains join the Commandant in recognizing September as Suicide Awareness Month and ask every Coast Guardsmen to “Just Reach Out” to your shipmates in need. The chaplains have coordinated efforts to created a suicide-safer community by teaching Applied Suicide Intervention Skills Training (ASIST) and SafeTALK. Read the full post to learn more about these programs and to find out how to participate in an upcoming workshop.

Personal Readiness Month: Stress management

So you’re stressed out? You are not alone! Stress is part of everyday life, but how you cope with it that makes a big difference in being resilient vs. having a physical or emotional crisis.With a demanding job in the Coast Guard, it may be difficult to avoid stress, but it is not difficult to use the tools above to manage the stress in your life. Read the full blog to learn about stress coping mechanisms.

September kicks off three national campaigns

The month of September brings three important national campaigns – National Preparedness Month, National Suicide Prevention Awareness Month, and National Recovery Month. We encourage everyone to use this month as a time to focus on yourself and your family in terms of preparedness, as well as physical and mental health and wellness! Each Monday this month, we’ll bring you blogs that will further explain each national campaign and provide additional resources for you and your family.