Pennsylvania Army National Guard 2LT Frank Greenagel, Jr. has been on both sides of the desk as a Soldier and a Behavioral Science Officer. He’s made it his mission to be a role model and wants Soldiers to know that support is available for individuals coping with thoughts of depression, suicide, or stress, or struggling with substance abuse.
Greenagel, a professor of social work at Rutgers, explained that being a healthy and medically ready Soldier involves much more than eating a healthy diet. Being healthy means taking care of yourself physically, mentally, and spiritually.
“I have made it my mission to guard the health of other Soldiers,” Greenagel said. If Guard members have a health concern, he stressed they shouldn’t feel alone because “all of us go through a dark time. Reaching out for help and having someone to talk with can be enormously helpful.”
Greenagel encourages Soldiers to take advantage of the support systems their unit or brigade has in place. Guard chaplains are also available for confidential support and can help Soldiers—regardless of their faith.
If you do not feel comfortable talking with someone in your unit, there are outside sources you can access. Here are some resources to help you find the support you need:
- Need immediate help? Call the Military Crisis Line at 1-800-273-8255 and press 1 to talk to someone 24/7.
- Debunk the myths of behavioral health and find out where to reach out for help.
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