CMSAF Kaleth Wright poses for a photo while holding a note identifying himself and the logitical details of his "Ask Me Anything" Q&A on Reddit -- a standard practice to ensure that the Reddit user hosting each so-called AMA forum is, in fact, who they claim to be. Imgur photo.
The Air Force is testing out new ways to improve airman resilience,
including increasing the availability of mental health professionals to
continue to combat the rise of suicide and other mental health issues
in its ranks.
CMSAF Kaleth Wright, in a wide-ranging “Ask Me Anything”
said the Air Force’s resilience leaders are working with medical and
mental health communities and commands to improve communication, since
regulations and privacy restrictions can limit information between
airmen and commanders.
Additionally, the Air Force has beta tests of
Task Force True North teams
at Minot AFB, N.D.; Whiteman AFB, Mo.; and JB Elmendorf-Richardson,
Alaska; where the service is embedding mental health professionals,
chaplains, and other agencies directly in units to improve resilience,
“I think what we really need is more engaged leadership at
the unit level to really help with this,” Wright wrote. “Supervisors who
are more engaged and care about their people can really assist us with
this issue more than any program or process."
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