Wingman Resources for Suicide Prevention

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  • By Master Sgt. Stephen J. Caruso

As suicide remains the leading cause of death for Airmen, Air Force Chief of Staff, Gen. David L. Goldfein, is urging all Airmen to help prevent suicide among our wingmen. “Suicide prevention is really about a culture shift. Culture is our collective beliefs, actions and values; the things each of us say and do contribute to our Air Force culture. We need an Air Force culture where it is more common to seek help than to try to go at it alone,” Goldfein said in a memo to Airmen.

At Westover Air Reserve Base, resiliency is a key theme and there are many resources for those who wish to seek help:


The Airman and Family Readiness Center is the focal point for Air Force Reserve family members.  Its mission is to build stronger communities that promote self-sufficiency, enhance mission readiness, retention and adaptation to the Air Force way of life.


The Chaplain provides spiritual care to help ensure all military, civilians and families have the opportunity to exercise their constitutional right to free exercise of religion.


The Director of Psychological Health offers local, professional, licensed clinical social workers on base who can assist with a variety of military and related issues to include anxiety, anger, depression, work stress, family discord, marriage, etc.


The Key Spouse program is a support network for reservists and their families that can help connect Airmen to the people and resources they need.


The Yellow Ribbon program is designed to provide Citizen Airmen and their families with essential resources prior to deployment, support while deployed, and successful reintegration techniques when an Airmen returns from a deployment.


Military OneSource offers a wide range of individualized consultations, coaching and counseling for many aspects of military life.