PHAP provides free resource program for Airmen, families

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  • By Senior Airman Shen-Chia McHone
  • 445th Airlift Wing Public Affairs
Asking for help isn't always easy if you don't know where to get the help you need, but the Air Force Reserve has the solution.

Reservists and their families are able to receive help for physical, mental and emotional needs through the Air Force Reserve Psychological Health Advocacy Program.

PHAP is a free resource referral service that provides support for a variety of needs such as financial help, educational funds from the Yellow Ribbon program, marital counseling, grief support and more.

"Our job is to advocate for service members and their families by navigating through the complexities of different services available," said Jennifer Wedel, PHAP case facilitator. "People may feel overwhelmed when they're stressed out or think their problem is hopeless without a solution, and that is why we are here to help."

Referring people to mental health isn't the only thing PHAP handles. Whether a reservist needs therapy after deployment, a spouse needs assistance finding a job, or a servicemember needs a morale call from time to time, PHAP makes it a priority to try and resolve issues before they ever get worse.

"Our goal is to help resolve issues at the lowest level to promote a healthy and mentally well-rounded person," said Claire Webb, PHAP outreach specialist. "When you're having struggles, we want to help you get back on track. Whether you're feeling suicidal or having relationship issues, we're here to help keep your life in balance."

PHAP has books, materials and specialists available at building 4014, room 121, but they are able to provide assistance across the country.

"Don't be afraid to ask for help because it really can make a difference for you, your family and your career," Wedel said.

For information or assistance, contact the PHAP Office at (937) 257-2396, or Jennifer Wedel at (937) 470-5544. E-mail contact is