COVID-19 and Behavioral Health

CDC Coronavirus Disease 2019 Website Link

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.

  1. Reduce your overall level of stress through healthy coping strategies. Although we are fighting a pandemic, catastrophic thinking does not help with problem-solving. Stay focused on things you can control like staying connected with your friends, family, and Army unit through virtual means. Engage in exercise and maintain healthy sleeping habits. Avoid too much caffeine or alcohol. Talk with a counselor or chaplain. If you become overwhelmed and are having thoughts of suicide, call the National Suicide Hotline at 1-800-273-8255 (TALK).  
  2. Learn about resources and supports that help you or your family. If there are concerns about work and financial stress, contact your state Health and Human Services (https://www.hhs.gov/) office for programs and benefits available to you or your family. Talk with your Family Programs Coordinator (https://www.usar.army.mil/ARFP/) about programs and resources available to Army Reserve Soldiers and their family. If you need help finding a counselor near your home, contact the Army Reserve Psychological Health Program (https://www.usar.army.mil/BehavioralHealth/).
  3. Focus on short-term goals for getting through this pandemic. If you lose a loved one, or if you lose your job, these are experiences that we do not control. It is also normal to grieve after a loss. It may be difficult to get closure during the pandemic, and some of our grief may continue. That is normal, and it is okay. You are part of the Army family, and we are here to support you through this process as we continue serve the United States of America.   

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.

SAMHSA guidanceTaking 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

PHP MISSION:
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.

VISION:
To be the primary behavioral health resource for the Army Reserve.

What is Behavioral Health?

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.

The Psychological Health Program and What We Do

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.

COVID-19 Resources


Army Reserve Family Programs logoArmy 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 iconCOVID 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 »

  • Contact Our Staff

    USAR ACTING DIRECTOR OF PSYCHOLOGICAL HEALTH PROGRAM
    CPT JOSH TIEGREEN Fort Bragg, N.C.
    Office: 910-570-9964
    joshua.a.tiegreen.mil@mail.mil 

     

     

    Lead DPH

    Stacey Feig, LPC Fort Belvoir, VA (OCAR)

    Office: 703-806-6905

    Cell: 703-254-8246

    stacey.a.feig.ctr@mail.mil

     

    63rd Readiness Division & 9th MSC

    Meg Haycraft, LCSW

    Office: 650-526-9211

    Cell: 571-319-1577

    margaret.v.haycraft.ctr@mail.mil

     

    Amy Lindsey, Nurse Case Manager

    Office: 910-929-7402

    amy.s.lindsey.ctr@mail.mil

     

    Jill Robinson, Nurse Case Manager

    Office: 910-929-7793

    jill.e.robinson9.ctr@mail.mil

     

    81st Readiness Division & 1st MSC

    Donna Brunetti, LPC, LPCC, LMHC

    Office: 803–751–9547

    Cell: 571–623–6470

    donna.m.brunetti.ctr@mail.mil

     

    Kwajaleyn Myers, Nurse Case Manager

    Cell: 910-929-7703

    kwajaleyn.h.myers.ctr@mail.mil

     

    Sharon Harper, Nurse Case Manager

    Cell: 910-929-7651

    sharon.k.harper2.ctr@mail.mil

     

    88th Readiness Division

    Deb Olson, LCSW

    Office: 608-388-0338

    Cell: 571-969-0671

    deborah.j.olson10.ctr@mail.mil

     

    Bruce Kyllonen, Nurse Case Manager

    Cell: 910-853-2957

    bruce.a.kyllonen.ctr@mail.mil

     

    Martha Serbus, Nurse Case Manager

    Cell: 910-622-3667

    martha.m.serbus.ctr@mail.mil

     

    99th Readiness Division

    Patricia Moloney, LCSW

    Office: 609-562-7580

    Cell: 571-623-6459

    patricia.a.moloney.ctr@mail.mil

     

    Cindy Delphey, Nurse Case Manager

    Office: 910-622-3526

    cynthia.m.delphey.ctr@mail.mil

     

    Maria Zelko, Nurse Case Manager

    Office: 910-620-2927

    maria.t.zelko.ctr@mail.mil

     

     Army Reserve Medical Management Center (ARMMC)

     Rhoda Donnelly, LCSW

     Office: 571-355-9704

     Cell: 813-922-8255

     rhoda.d.donnelly.ctr@mail.mil

Announcements

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.