first_img Bari Sobelson, MS, LMFT“Asking for help is a sign of strength. The deployments, reintegration, and relocations that are a part of military life require coping skills, various resources and planning to navigate.” -Department of DefenseIf anyone understands the importance of having a support system in place at all times, it’s the Department of Defense. Because of this, they offer the BeThere Peer Support Call and Outreach Center which is available to all service members and their families 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. This resource utilizes the assistance of Veteran service members and spouses of Veteran service members who act as the peer coaches to provide support services through chat, email, phone, and text.The Center offers resources and support from people who understand what it is like to be a part of the military community on many levels, having been there themselves. Based on the comfort level of the caller, they are able to choose to speak with a Veteran or a military spouse, in addition to a male or female. The Center encourages callers to utilize this service concerning any topic they wish including but not limited to: relationships, stress, family, financial, parenting, PTSD, depression, anxiety, anger, sleep, etc.All communication between the caller and the peer specialist is completely confidential unless there is an indication that the caller poses a threat to themselves or others. Callers can contact the center whenever they wish and as frequently as they wish. They can choose to have their peer specialist follow up with them as much and for as long as the caller would like at whatever capacity desired. This service is FREE of charge.Callers may contact the Center in the following ways:Calling: 1-844-357-PEER (7337)Texting: 1-480-360-6188Chatting Online: https://www.BeTherePeerSupport.orgThis post was written by Bari Sobelson, MS, LMFT, the Social Media and Programming Coordination Specialist for the MFLN Family Development Team. The Family Development team aims to support the development of professionals working with military families. Find out more about the Military Families Learning Network Family Development concentration on our website, Facebook, and Twitter.last_img

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