CNO: Shipmates, CNO Gilday right here with my spouse Linda to speak about one thing that’s typically troublesome for us to debate – Psychological Well being.
Linda: This previous 12 months has introduced challenges that none of us anticipated, together with for Mike and I. And through Might, which is Psychological Well being Consciousness Month, we wish to shine a lightweight on this essential subject.
CNO: I do know this previous 12 months has been arduous. Lots of you’ve gotten endured prolonged deployments, had elevated stress ranges, or felt remoted and overwhelmed. However let me be clear. Psychological well being is completely important to wellness, and shouldn’t be ignored and it shouldn’t be hidden.
Linda: On common, one in 5 American adults expertise a diagnosable psychological well being difficulty annually. Many of those situations are widespread and treatable; but many individuals undergo in silence due to disgrace, stigma, or worry that it’s going to affect your skilled development.
CNO: Irrespective of your state of affairs, there are shipmates able to do no matter they’ll that will help you discover hope. Attain out, ask somebody for assist. Don’t let stigma stand in your method.
Linda: You wouldn’t hesitate to hunt assist for a bodily difficulty or maintain your self in another method. So attain out for help with melancholy or nervousness or different psychological well being considerations, and encourage others to do the identical. There are remedy choices you’ll be able to contemplate from simply speaking to somebody – or remedy when wanted.
CNO: To all of our leaders on the market, regardless of your rank, let me be clear. Speak to your individuals, hearken to them, be out there, and encourage them to hunt assist in the event that they want it.
Linda: Now could be the time to lean on one another and determine methods to remain robust, be resilient and even develop throughout this difficult time.
CNO: There’s little doubt, Sailors and their households are what make our Navy nice. We’d like you in our Navy and we promise to be there whenever you want us.