Connectedness, support resources important during holidays

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  • By Kevin Gaddie

At a Dec. 8 commander's call, base leadership shared its vision for Eglin and emphasized utilizing Helping Agency Team support resources.  HAT representatives were available to answer questions and give assistance.

Dr. Wendy Blevins, Eglin's Violence Prevention Integrator, said people can feel increased anxiety and stress during the holidays.  She said issues and other challenges are reasons for members to use available resources.

"Stay connected and be the best wingman possible,” she said.  “Don't strive for perfection.  Ask for help, keep it simple, and maybe set some new traditions." 

Blevins said base leadership plays a critical role in suicide prevention and response.  They are taking extra steps to ensure they understand their role and the available support resources.

Losing a member to suicide always has a significant impact on a unit, she said.   Leaders are actively engaged with the base’s support structure to help members with issues during the holidays.

“Self-Care can help build an immunity to experiencing excessive stress during the holidays,” Blevins said.  “I encourage anyone feeling holiday anxiety to say no when feeling overwhelmed, keep a schedule and prioritize their health.” 

Employee Assistance Program counselors are available at all times at (866) 580-9078, TTY (800) 635-2883.  For more details click EAP. 

For more information about Eglin’s Helping Agency Team follow the link or from the desktop icon on all Eglin-based computers.