The Real Warriors Campaign is designed to combat stigma and provide free, confidential resources for accessing support and treatment.
Senior leadership support this program and ongoing efforts to reduce the stigma associated with seeking help:
“Admitting psychological treatment is not an impediment to getting or keeping a security clearance. The department has also launched the Real Warriors Campaign, a national multimedia public-education effort designed to combat this stigma. ”
– Secretary of Defense Robert M. Gates
“It’s time we made everyone in uniform aware that the act of reaching out for help is, in fact, one of the most courageous acts and one of the first big steps to reclaiming your career, your life and your future.”
– Adm. Mike Mullen, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff
If you are a Soldier who could benefit from support and treatment, why not consider using these five free, confidential resources that are available 24 hours a day, seven days a week?
Call the DCoE Outreach Center
Reaching out for help is a sign of strength. If you or someone you know has questions or would like more information, don’t hesitate to call one of the trained health resource consultants at the Defense Centers of Excellence for Psychological Health and Traumatic Brain Injury, also known as DCoE. They understand the common stress reactions resulting from combat, and they are always ready to talk, listen and provide confidential guidance. So, pick up the phone and call 866-966-1020, 24 hours a day, seven days a week.
Log on to Real Warriors Live Chat
Wherever you are in the world, you can connect instantly with the DCoE Outreach Center by logging on to www.realwarriors.net/livechat. Trained health resource consultants are available around the clock to provide free, confidential guidance about recovery resources for you, a friend or a loved one.
Watch warriors share their stories
Watch empowering videos of service members who had the courage to seek care for traumatic brain injury or psychological concerns and who are maintaining military and civilian careers. Remember to check www.realwarriors.net/multimedia frequently for new videos profiling warriors who have returned to peak performance.
Share your story
Experiencing problems related to combat stress or traumatic brain injury is common in today’s warriors and military Families. Interacting with others who have shared similar experiences can be a helpful part of returning to peak performance. Visit www.realwarriors.net/forum to share your story and exchange tips with others.
If you or someone you know is preparing for, experiencing or has returned from a deployment, the informative articles on the Real Warriors Campaign web site will provide concrete tactics and tools for facing those challenges. There are specific articles for active-duty members, National Guard and Reserve, veterans, Families and health professionals. Read the latest articles at www.realwarriors.net/featuredarticles.
Reaching out is a sign of strength
* Talk to a trained health resource consultant 24/7 for free: call 866-966-1020 or log on to www.realwarriors.net/livechat.
* Connect with other warriors, families and health professionals: www.realwarriors.net/forum
* Watch warriors share their stories of resilience and recovery: www.realwarriors.net/multimedia
* Engage with Real Warriors Campaign social media tools: www.twitter.com/realwarriors and www.facebook.com/realwarriors.