Suicide rates are increasing for military service members. With longer deployment, the stress of separation from family and debt mounting at home, service members can easily find themselves emotionally overwhelmed.
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Hot Line Supports Marines Through Stressful Times

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Suicide rates are increasing for military service members. With longer deployment, the stress of separation from family and debt mounting at home, service members can easily find themselves emotionally overwhelmed. Military life is already filled with a myriad of duties and responsibilities; often, there may be little time left to spend with loved ones. It's important to acknowledge the challenges and recognize the need preventing the stresses of the 21st century military lifestyle from spiraling downward into depression, or worse.

There is support available for military servicemembers facing stress, depression, PTSD (Post Trauma Stress Disorder) and more; and specifically, marines have the support of "DSTRESS," a 24/7 hotline currently available to Marines and their families on the West Coast.

MARINES-SPECIFIC STRESS MANAGEMENT

When you call the DSTRESS hotline, you are immediately connected to a retired Marine or corpsman, an experienced service member who can relate to the stresses you are facing, as a Marine. DSTRESS counselors understand the specifics of Marine culture, even in the small things such as not referring to Marines as soldiers.

The DSTRESS hotline is a strong connection for active Marines, Marine families, or retired Marine Corps officers. No issue is too large or small for the DSTRESS hotline; if you are feeling any of the wide-ranging effects of stress, you are encouraged to not think twice before calling DSTRESS to take full advantage of this important support program created specifically for you, as a Marine.

THE DSTRESS HOTLINE LIFELINE

Call the DSTRESS hotline at 877-476-7734 any time of the day or night, or visit the DSTRESS website.

During the 2010 holiday season, the DSTRESS pilot program was also available to Marines in Alaska, Arizona, California, Colorado, Hawaii, Idaho, Iowa, Kansas, Minnesota, Missouri, Montana, Nebraska, Nevada, New Mexico, North Dakota, Oregon, South Dakota, Utah, Washington, Wyoming and West Texas (Fort Bliss and El Paso area). Marines calling from other states will also be redirected to resources in their region.

ANONYMOUS HELP, VALUABLE SOLUTIONS

DSTRESS is completely anonymous. Any information you reveal is completely private, unless the Marine poses a threat to himself or others. If additional help is needed, the Marine would get a referral from the DSTRESS hotline for a licensed behavioral health counselor.



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