Fort Campbell, Kentucky – The Blanchfield Army Community Hospital recently hosted a Resilience Fair, to educate its soldiers and federal employees about the resources and tools available to them that promote physical health and mental well-being.
“A number of healthcare industry employees experience stress at work and at home, so we thought it would be helpful to let our team know what resources are available to them and find out more about the programs offered in post, ”said 1st Lt. Eden Kebede, a social work intern from Blanchfield who helped organize the event.
Although the event is geared towards hospital staff, the following resources represented at the fair are available to most soldiers, retirees, family members and federal employees at Fort Campbell.
Army Wellness Center – The AWC offers a number of programs designed to promote and maintain healthy lifestyles and improve the general well-being of military personnel, retirees, adult family members and military personnel. civilians of the army department. Free classes include sleep education, stress management, nutrition, and weight management, plus fitness programs, all available without a referral. The center is located on the post at Bldg. 2526 22nd Street. Call 270.461.3451 to register for a course.
Army Employee Assistance Program – EAP is a voluntary and confidential program that provides civilian employees with a valuable resource to help them cope with issues both on and off the job, including abuse of alcohol and drugs, general mental well-being, marital / relationship issues, stress, dependent care and more. Federal employees at Fort Campbell can reach the Acting Coordinator at 270.412.0084.
Army Community Service – ACS programs support soldiers, retirees, their families, and civilian employees with a number of self-improvement programs that promote self-reliance, resilience, and stability. The program’s resilience training allows participants to grow and thrive in the face of challenges and bounce back from adversity. ACS is located on Fort Campbell in Bldg. 1501 William C. Lee Road. Call 270.798.9322 for more information.
Army Chaplains – Chaplains are experienced religious leaders who can provide spiritual support to soldiers, retirees, families and civilian employees of the Army Department. They can provide confidential advice for a number of life challenges, including issues related to work, stress, marriage, family, finances, and bereavement. Visit their webpage at https://home.army.mil/campbell/index.php/chaplains for more information.
The event also featured off-post wellness resources. Bringing together many resources in one space within the hospital has allowed staff to better educate themselves about the programs available to them.
“I heard there was a resilience fair that could have some useful information on how to cope with the things we’ve been through for the past two years, in fact,” said Valerie Batty, a licensed practical nurse who has worked at the hospital for 12 years. .
Since the pandemic, Batty has implemented new coping techniques that help him relax. “My trip home is my decompression time. When I get home, I tell my family that I need 30 minutes for myself, just to decompress. I take time for myself just to get back to family time, not work. It’s a new thing I started when COVID-19 started because it was too much. “
Batty said she also enjoys using a mindful journal.
Other recommended positive coping skills include meditation, listening to music, reading, getting enough sleep, eating a healthy diet, being physically active, and following family and friends through phone calls or video chats.
Kebede said that to some extent we all share some of the same stressors with the COVID-19 coronavirus in terms of restrictions and isolation.
“There are things that we all go through and the important thing to know is that you are not alone and some of the resources that we have here are certainly a good support, both on and off the job, so please let them know. use and talk to someone, ”Kebede said.