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  • As we begin this brief, I want to emphasize to you that while you have been away, your alcohol tolerance has dropped considerably. You may want to go out, drink or party at the same pace you did before the deployment. But, you must remember that you will get intoxicated faster because of the low alcohol tolerance. If you drink, don’t drive. You don’t want to risk your life or anyone else's. I’m Keith Andrews—Chaplain of the 1-101 Aviation Regiment and today we are going to take some time to talk about your midtour leave.
  • Midtour Final

    2. 2. MIDTOUR BRIEF <ul><li>Going Home On Midtour </li></ul><ul><li>Suicide Brief </li></ul><ul><li>At Home On Midtour </li></ul>
    3. 3. Going Home On Midtour CH (CPT) Keith J. Andrews 1-101 AVN REGT “ EXPECT NO MERCY”
    4. 4. Midtour Reality <ul><li>Change Has Occurred </li></ul><ul><li>Reunion is a process </li></ul><ul><li>Anxiety is normal </li></ul>
    5. 5. Obstacles To Success <ul><li>Alcohol </li></ul><ul><li>Criticisms </li></ul><ul><li>Avoid the “Who Had It Worse” Game </li></ul><ul><li>Unresolved Issues </li></ul><ul><li>Unrealistic Expectations </li></ul>
    6. 6. Understanding Yourself <ul><li>During the deployment you have been: </li></ul><ul><li>Focused on the mission </li></ul><ul><li>Developed lasting friendships </li></ul><ul><li>Experienced varying levels of stress </li></ul><ul><li>Felt concerned and disconnected from your family </li></ul>
    7. 7. Understanding Yourself <ul><li>Upon Returning Home, You May: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Find your whole family routine is changed </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Be stand-offish from those you care about </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Not want to talk about your deployment </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Anxious about intimacy </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Feel hurt when your children are afraid of you </li></ul></ul>
    8. 8. Understanding Your Spouse <ul><li>During deployment, your spouse may have: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Experienced changes </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Felt stressed or overwhelmed </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Assumed added responsibilities </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Experienced a temporary relocation </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Become involved in different activities or made new friends </li></ul></ul>
    9. 9. Understanding Your Spouse <ul><li>During reunion, your spouse may: </li></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Have idealistic expectations </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Immediately hand over the “honey do” list </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Wonder if accomplishments will be appreciated </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Feel concern that their Soldier has changed </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Want you to talk about combat experiences </li></ul></ul></ul>
    10. 10. Reuniting With Your Spouse <ul><ul><li>Take time to become reacquainted </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Talk with each other about your experiences </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Support your spouse and what he/she has done </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Remember that intimate relationships may be awkward at first </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Talk about expectations prior to arrival </li></ul></ul>
    11. 11. Reuniting With Your Children <ul><ul><li>Let the child be the first to renew the bond </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Focus on successes; limit criticism </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Take personal time with each child </li></ul></ul>
    12. 12. Two Key Statements for Reunion <ul><li>Communicate Expectations </li></ul><ul><li>Go Slow </li></ul>
    13. 13. Suicide CH (CPT) Keith J. Andrews 1-101 AVN REGT “ EXPECT NO MERCY”
    14. 14. AR 600-63: “ Suicide prevention is the concern of every leader, commander, supervisor, soldier, and Army civilian” Para 2-8.a
    15. 15. Who Commits Suicide? Anyone
    16. 16. The Suicide Risk is Higher in a Person Who: <ul><li>Has problems with family, relationship, job, Army, finances </li></ul><ul><li>Has experienced a recent suicide of a friend or relative </li></ul><ul><li>Has made previous suicide attempts </li></ul><ul><li>Threatens suicide </li></ul>
    17. 17. What Causes Suicide? Suicidal Feelings are most often the result of stress and depression.
    18. 18. Stress is the body’s response to the changes in our lives and to the threats to our safety and our self-esteem. Stress
    19. 19. Some Stressful Situations that can trigger suicidal feelings: <ul><li>Low Self-Esteem </li></ul><ul><li>Sudden Change of Behavior </li></ul><ul><li>Financial Problems </li></ul><ul><li>Inability to Sleep </li></ul><ul><li>Job Performance </li></ul><ul><li>Interpersonal Relationships </li></ul>
    20. 20. Depression <ul><li>Depression, an abnormal emotional state, is a profound sadness which is present nearly everyday for at least two weeks. </li></ul>
    21. 21. Some Depressive Situations That can trigger suicidal feelings <ul><li>Disappointment </li></ul><ul><li>Rejection </li></ul><ul><li>Illness </li></ul><ul><li>Loss of relationship </li></ul>
    22. 22. Warning Signs <ul><li>Verbal </li></ul><ul><li>Direct Statements </li></ul><ul><li>“ I want to die.” </li></ul><ul><ul><li>“ I don’t want to live anymore.” </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Indirect Statements </li></ul><ul><ul><li>“ I want to go to sleep and never wake up.” </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>“ Soon this pain will be over.” </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Behavioral </li></ul><ul><li>Sadness and crying </li></ul><ul><li>Withdrawal </li></ul><ul><li>Change in sleeping pattern </li></ul><ul><li>Drug & alcohol abuse </li></ul><ul><li>Neglecting hygiene </li></ul><ul><li>Final arrangements </li></ul>
    23. 23. What To Do <ul><li>Take threats seriously </li></ul><ul><li>Tell them you care </li></ul><ul><li>Get help </li></ul><ul><li>Be Safe Rather Than Sorry </li></ul>
    24. 24. What Not To Do <ul><li>Don’t keep it a secret </li></ul><ul><li>Don’t leave Soldier alone </li></ul><ul><li>Don’t discount the soldier’s feelings </li></ul><ul><li>Don’t over React. Keep Calm. </li></ul><ul><li>Don’t forget to follow up. </li></ul>
    25. 25. <ul><li>Chain of Command </li></ul><ul><li>Chaplain </li></ul><ul><li>Unit Sick Call </li></ul>Call For Help...
    26. 26. At Home On Midtour CH (CPT) Keith J. Andrews 1-101 AVN REGT “ EXPECT NO MERCY”
    27. 27. Safety <ul><li>Go Easy on Alcohol </li></ul><ul><li>Drive Slower and More Cautious </li></ul><ul><li>Remain Situationally Aware </li></ul><ul><li>Be Careful With Large Sums of Money </li></ul><ul><li>Watch What You Spend </li></ul><ul><li>Don’t try to Make up for Lost Time </li></ul>
    28. 28. Take A Break <ul><li>Rest </li></ul><ul><li>Spend Time in Quiet </li></ul><ul><li>Avoid the News </li></ul><ul><li>Spend Time With Friends and Family </li></ul><ul><li>Resume a Hobby that You’ve Neglected </li></ul>
    29. 29. In Case Of Emergency: <ul><li>Chain of Command </li></ul><ul><li>Installation Chaplain’s Office </li></ul><ul><li>Blanchfield Army Community Hospital </li></ul>
    30. 30. Enjoy Your Midtour! CH (CPT) Keith J. Andrews 1-101 AVN REGT “ EXPECT NO MERCY”