Traumatic Stress Response Team assists Airmen

HURLBURT FIELD, Fla. -- The TSRT-- are you familiar with it? It's another Air Force acronym worthy of our attention and understanding, and it has even changed lives.

The TSRT is the Traumatic Stress Response Team, which is a valuable resource for creating and re-creating resiliency in today's Airmen. Approximately 20 percent of Airmen deployed in combat witness a serious traumatic event while protecting our beloved country, families and freedom.

The TSRT covers all facets of well-being by collaborating with Mental Health, the base Chaplain's office and Airman and Family Readiness Center personnel to provide assistance based on a whole person concept. Members returning from the area of responsibility and members and their families at Hurlburt Field who have been exposed to events such as suicide, aircraft accidents, fatal car crashes and other traumatic events are supported by the TSRT.

Another benefit the TSRT provides is aid in prevention by preparing and educating Airmen and their leaders before incidents occur. The TSRT members support commanders with prevention resources geared toward education and consultation in developing and strengthening resiliency in their unit members. When intervention is needed, the TSRT stands ready to support, screen and refer and provide on the spot psychological first aid.

The TSRT is ready to help our Airmen. Are you ready? Since we each serve wingmen, here's what you can do:
- Remain vigilant and pay attention to your wingmen.
- If you know someone who has been exposed to a traumatic event or needs help coping or dealing with life issues, encourage them to seek help.
- If you need help, please reach out to someone, anyone.

If you have questions regarding resiliency or the TSRT, please contact the Psychological Resiliency Program chief at 881-4237.