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New Skills to Prevent Substance Abuse

FOCUS Project Family Resiliency Trainer, Jodi Salamino, LPC, NCC, was featured this month on the Office of the National Drug Control Policy substance abuse blog. Visit the post to learn more about how FOCUS teaches families stress management skills as a way to prevent substance abuse.

Communication for Healthy Families

Military Pathways featured a post on its military mental health blog written by UCLA Welcome Back Veterans Outreach Coordinator, Lina Berrio, MPH. Read the article to learn more about the importance of communication in healthy relationships, and tips for you and your family to use to improve your communication every day.

Creating Age-Appropriate Holiday Traditions

The holiday season is a time to build memories with loved ones, but it can also be overwhelming to prepare for the festivities, especially with young children. Understanding common developmental stages that affect how children react to the world can help to make holiday planning more simple and fun for the whole family.

About FOCUS

FOCUS (Families OverComing Under Stress) is a resiliency-building program of the Navy Bureau of Medicine and Surgery (BUMED). It is designed for military families and children facing the multiple challenges of combat operational stress during wartime. FOCUS promotes family strengths and supports parents to help manage the challenges of military life.

Visit FOCUSProject.org for more information.

Partner Spotlight

The Real Warriors Campaign helps families to build resilience, facilitating recovery and supporting reintegration of returning service members, veterans and their families. The campaign provides innovative resources for military families including Video Profiles, Articles, and ECards.

The Wingman Project is the Air National Guard's suicide intervention organization and promotes the intervention method ACE — Ask, Care, Escort. By working closely with care providers at the individual wing level, the Wingman Project hopes to eliminate suicide among ANG members and their families.

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