COVID-19 and Behavioral Health
COVID-19 continues to impact each of us in many ways. It is important during stressful times such as these to remember our core Army values, stay connected with our Army family, and utilize strategies and resources to help us through these difficult times. Make sure that you are safe, and following the guidelines recommended by CDC (https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov) and your Army leadership to keep you healthy, along with maintaining the health of everyone in your community.
If you or someone you care about is struggling at this time due to the loss of a family member, loss of a job, or experiencing severe financial concerns, there is help. Please see the strategies below that can help.
We are the most resilient and ready Army Reserve in our nation’s history. Our current mission is to fight and defeat the virus. It is a team effort, and if you or one of your battle buddies needs help during this time, follow these steps, get help if needed, and continue the fight.
Taking Care of Your Behavioral Health
We're all trying to manage the effects of COVID-19, and it's natural that this may cause a lot of stress. If you're wondering if you or someone you know are showing signs of stress, or want some strategies to cope with stress, please review this document from the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration for an overview of options and strategies. (.pdf)
Psychological Health Program
Our mission is to achieve and sustain the most resilient and mentally fit Reserve force in the Nation. We will accomplish this by facilitating mental health services for Soldiers and family members who need them; by assisting operational leadership through Command consultation; by preserving unit cohesion through traumatic event management; and with the development of enduring partnerships with sister organizations. The result will be a resilient, mentally fit, and ready Army Reserve.
To be the primary behavioral health resource for the Army Reserve.
Behavioral Health is the balance between thoughts, moods, and behaviors. Disruption of this balance can result in problems like relationship conflict, worsening work or school performance, and difficulty meeting responsibilities. Maintaining behavioral health, or getting back on track once behavioral health has been disrupted, requires help and support. The Psychological Health Program can help you figure out what is going on and what you can do about it.
In 2012 a Department of Defense Instruction was published and it stated the following:
“It is DoD policy that a psychological health and readiness leadership and advocacy structure, focused on operational readiness and integration of health promotion and clinical services, shall be established throughout the DoD, and Directors of Psychological Health (DPHs) shall be designated in key positions across the Military Services, including the RC.”
The Army Reserve established the Psychological Health Program and assigned operational leadership to the USARC Surgeon. The program offers referrals for soldiers and family members, Command consultation, and Traumatic Event Management.
The USAR Psychological Health Program assists individual Soldiers to achieve optimum behavioral health. We do this by connecting geographically dispersed Soldiers and Family members with the resources they need to address behavioral health concerns. The readiness of the force depends upon the strength and resilience of every soldier.
The USAR Psychological Health Program serves to assist leaders and units by providing Command consultation. We can help leaders make informed decisions and advocate for Soldiers who are experiencing a behavioral health issue without compromising unit or mission integrity.
The USAR Psychological Health Program supports units by providing Traumatic Event Management and other group events. When a unit experiences something that could negatively impact it on an organizational level, our team can work with Commanders and Chaplains to assist the unit in processing the experience, preserving unit cohesion, and maintaining individual and collective readiness.
Please follow the link to the Army Behavioral Health Service Line policy documents library (https://info.health.mil/army/bhsl/Policy/Library/Forms/DoDI.aspx) for references and resources.
Army Reserve Family Programs
If you or one of your family members needs help with other resources such as child and youth services and financial resources, please contact a Family Programs Coordinator for assistance. Follow their website to find the contact information to your nearest Coordinator. | Army Reserve Family Programs »
COVID Coach App
The COVID Coach app from the Department of Veterans Affairs was created to support self-care and overall mental health during the coronavirus pandemic. Features include: education about coping during the pandemic; tools for self-care and to improve emotional well-being; trackers to check your mood and measure your growth toward personal goals; and graphs to visualize progress over time | COVID Coach »
USAR ACTING DIRECTOR OF PSYCHOLOGICAL HEALTH PROGRAM
CPT JOSH TIEGREEN Fort Bragg, N.C.
Stacey Feig, LPC Fort Belvoir, VA (OCAR)
63rd Readiness Division & 9th MSC
Meg Haycraft, LCSW
Amy Lindsey, Nurse Case Manager
Jill Robinson, Nurse Case Manager
81st Readiness Division & 1st MSC
Donna Brunetti, LPC, LPCC, LMHC
Kwajaleyn Myers, Nurse Case Manager
Sharon Harper, Nurse Case Manager
88th Readiness Division
Deb Olson, LCSW
Bruce Kyllonen, Nurse Case Manager
Martha Serbus, Nurse Case Manager
99th Readiness Division
Patricia Moloney, LCSW
Cindy Delphey, Nurse Case Manager
Maria Zelko, Nurse Case Manager
Army Reserve Medical Management Center (ARMMC)
Rhoda Donnelly, LCSW
NEW!!! The Army Reserve Psychological Health Program newly published OPORD 20-015 (.docx)
The Army Reserve PHP now provides Clinical Case Management. For Soldiers with more severe or complex behavioral health issues, a nurse case manager will be assigned to ensure access to appropriate high quality care that will restore that Soldier to optimum mental fitness and readiness as quickly as possible.