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Your Family’s Mental Health Matters
Operation Purple at Home brings military families together for a fun and unique virtual camp experience at home. Maintaining a strong family is important to us, but we know sometimes that can be tough. Deployments, injuries—both visible and invisible—and mental health can inhibit your family’s opportunities to connect and create bonds that help your family tackle any challenge military life throws at you.
No matter what you’re going through, there are resources to help.
Offering various mental health and well-being services to military families, Military OneSource is available 24/7 and can be reached at 1-800-342-9647, through secure live chat, or through video sessions.
Confidential sessions are available by secure video, chat, or in person. Counselors are licensed and master’s level or higher and can help with everyday stressors and personal challenges. Non-medical counseling can help service members and their families with:
- Struggles dealing with emotions like loneliness, isolation, stress, and anxiety
- Building healthy relationships
- Healthy parent-child connections
- Children and youth ages 6-17, who might benefit from healthy coping strategies
- Communication refreshers
- Staying connected while away or apart
- Reconnecting after a deployment
Health and Wellness Coaching
Coaches help family members manage stress, deal with life changes, or get back on track to healthy eating and physical fitness. Your coach will help you set goals and create a plan to meet them. Health and wellness coaching is available for teenagers and adults.
Military OneSource recommends a few great tools to help your family with resiliency:
Wellness Apps To Help Your Military Family
From apps that train you in deep-breathing techniques, to positive thinking, problem-solving skills, and more, check out these apps for service members and their families, brought to you by the Department of Defense, Veteran Affairs, and other partners.
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Families OverComing Under Stress (FOCUS)
Grounded in decades of research on family resilience and prevention programs, FOCUS was adapted for military families by a team from UCLA and Harvard Medical School. Since 2008, FOCUS Program has provided state of the art family resilience services to military families, children, and couples.
FOCUS is now located at designated Navy, Marine Corps, Army, and Air Force installations, and offered to all military families, including Special Operations Command, through the Department of Defense Office of Military Community & Family Policy.
Currently, FOCUS locations are using video conferencing due to COVID-19. Families are encouraged to reach out directly to their local installation to enroll. FOCUS will monitor general TeleFOCUS inquiries and will assign to appropriate site based on need.
Receive helpful tips for tackling common challenges and learn about innovative resources for military families and couples with FOCUS videos.
An interactive, online educational tool that helps military families become stronger in the face of challenges by providing both parents and kids a fun place to learn and practice important skills, such as:
- Emotional Regulation – understanding and managing feelings
- Goal Setting – working together as a family to achieve something important to you
- Communication – listening and responding to each other’s concerns, including those related to deployment and reintegration
Parents can watch brief videos that show helpful ways parents can deal with common family challenges, such as: how to talk to their kids about their concerns when a parent is about to deploy, common challenges families face during reintegration, and how to help children cope during a parent’s absence.
Parents can also download handouts that provide helpful education and activities for military families
FOCUS On The Go! App
Buddy Bear and Feeling Fox are here to help your family build on your current strengths as a Military Family and teach new skills to help keep your family prepared for anything that might come your way! Use FOCUS On the Go with your military family to:
- Play games that help kids understand feeling words, problem solving, and telling their story
- Access resources and videos that highlight strategies that support military families
- Identify your family’s unique strengths with an included survey