Tuesday, September 14, 2010

Oregon Partnership launches new Military Helpline to help combat military suicide

Soldiers, Airmen, veterans and their family members can receive immediate help from mental health professionals by contacting the Oregon Partnership’s new Military Helpline.

The toll-free number is 888-HLP-4-VET (888-457-4838). More information is available at www.MilitaryHelpline.org.

Available 24 hours a day, seven days a week, the Military Helpline provides compassionate and confidential advice, and crisis intervention free of charge for persons throughout the military community, including family members.

Oregon Partnership worked closely with the Oregon Military Department in establishing the Military Helpline, and forged a strong relationship with the Oregon Military Department’s Family Support Program. The Helpline utilizes Oregon Partnership’s longstanding intervention and referral services, which the nonprofit has provided for nearly three decades.

“This resource is important to our Soldiers and their families, given the number and scope of deployments for Oregon Guard units,” said State Command Sgt. Maj. Brunk Conley. “It’s a way for us to close the loop on the deployment process.”

The Helpline is staffed by trained volunteers—many of whom have a military background. All possess a strong understanding of serious issues that impact service members and their families, including job loss, family issues, financial challenges, and post-traumatic stress disorder and other deployment related mental health issues.

“Even though Oregon’s citizen-Airmen don’t deploy as often, or in the same numbers as Oregon’s Soldiers, they often still face the same challenges and issues,” said State Command Chief Master Sgt. Mark Russell.

Following initial contact and triage, Helpline volunteers ensure the safety of all callers with discreet follow up, with their permission, and offer additional support and resources if needed

Posted by Tech. Sgt. Nick Choy

Oregon Military Department Social Media Manager

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