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It’s Okay to Speak Up When You’re Down

The Navy’s Operational Stress Control and Suicide Prevention programs aim to build psychological strength and resilience. With training and practical tools the programs will help Sailors and leaders better navigate operational stress and increase their capacity to withstand, recover, grow and adapt in the face of stressors and changing demands.

While September is nationally recognized as Suicide Prevention Awareness Month, the effort to build resilience and emphasize that Life Counts is ongoing.  We work year-round to promote a Navy that rewards help seeking behaviors and encourages the honest discussion of concerns and challenges faced by Sailors and their families – an important first step to help mitigate operational stress and prevent suicide. We want everyone in the Navy to know “It’s Okay to Speak Up When You’re Down.”

This cartoon is by Mike Jones a Senior Chief Petty Officer who knows that stress is a part of everyday life in the Navy.  Not everyone reacts this visibly to stress so we all need to be on the watch for more subtle indicators of negative stress reactions.  If someone reacts like PR3 Smith, know how to ACT (Ask Care Treat) and to get him the appropriate and necessary help.

To view more of the OSC cartoons click here.

For more information on Suicide Prevention Awareness Month visit www.suicide.navy.mil.

Winter Driving Can Be Stressful

Winter Driving Can Be Stressful
Tips to Help You be Better Prepared

Winter Driving Cartoon provided by military cartoonist Pat Hrabe, creator of TubeDaze.com

Whether you are a veteran of cold winter weather driving or if you are experiencing the hazards of snowy or icy roads for the first time, there are some steps you can take to be better prepared and fight off unwanted stress.

In order to stay safe on the road, the Safety Center advises that Sailors do a number of things to prepare for driving.

 “Sailors need to plan their trips,” said Bonnie Revell, traffic safety specialist. “They need to be aware of the weather, carry emergency kits, blankets, some extra sand in the vehicle (to weigh down the rear) and the most important thing is, slow down for the circumstances that you’ll be driving in.”

Stop and make a plan. Prepare for the unexpected.

10 Winter Driving Tips to Lower Your Stress Level:

-       Determine if you “can travel later?”

-       In addition to an emergency kit, have a shovel, snack, water, gloves, scraper with a brush on one end and flash light

-       Fill up with fuel

-       Give yourself plenty of time to get to your destination

-       Don’t drive under extreme fatigue or text while driving

-       Check your windshield wiper blades for wear and tear, replace if necessary

-       Increase the distance between you and the vehicle in front of you.

-       Avoid sudden breaking, accelerating too quickly or harsh steering in slippery conditions

-       Let someone know you are traveling and what time you expect to arrive

-       If visibility becomes poor find a safe place to pull off the road

Other considerations:
-Be sure to check your installations website or Facebook page for possible installation closures or delays in reporting for non-essential personnel.

- Watch the local news weather report for possible school delays or cancellations.

Driving in adverse weather conditions can be very stressful. Taking the extra time to make a plan and prepare is the key to winter safety risk management and to lowering your stress level.

Source articles:

Combating Complacency in the New Year
Naval Safety Center Warns About Winter Driving Dangers
NSC Offers Winter Safety Tips

Outdoor Fun Relieves Stress

This week’s cartoon features Mike Jones, creator of Ricky’s Tour.

Laughter is good medicine for stress relief and so is outdoor fun. Navy life is busy so you have to plan and make time to enjoy your favorite hobby, spend time with friends or even try an adventure sport. Take advantage of the last of the good weather but remember, activities are a lot less stressful if you plan ahead and use common sense.

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Navigate Stress During a PCS

This week’s cartoon features Air Force spouse and military cartoonist Julie Negron, creator of JennySpouse.com

Navigate stress during a Permanent Change of Station (PCS)!

While we like to think of summer as long lazy days filled with outdoor fun and beach vacations, the summer season can also be filled with worry about school transfers, moving expenses, and leasing requirements. More than 20,000 Navy service members and families will face the sometimes traumatic trials of a PCS this summer.  Whether you are moving as a single Sailor, or with a family, stress can easily mount as the to-do lists get longer and the days gets shorter.

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