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How you can help prevent suicide and support mental health
Aug. 10, 2022
 Apply by Friday, Aug. 12 for important new trainings

Survivor Day—Support available for survivors of suicide during holiday season 
Nov. 20, 2020
International Survivors of Suicide Loss Day, known as Survivor Day, is observed the Saturday before Thanksgiving.

Photo Friday: Base Kodiak MWR Program
Oct. 16, 2020

Base Kodiak teaches children the importance of being outside, active

Wellness Wednesday Sneak Peek—A Discussion about Mental Health
Oct. 14, 2020

Please join us at 3pm today for an important conversation with one of our own active duty members, who will discuss their recovery from mental health challenges, and the resources available to us all.

Wellness Wednesday Sneak Peek—Improve Your Nutrition, Increase Your Metabolism 
Oct. 7, 2020

This week’s Wellness Wednesday will cover a broad range of nutrition and lifestyle topics - factors affecting metabolism, preventing weight gain, building muscle, and fad diets - to help promote readiness and resiliency to those who serve.

Wellness Resources

HSWL Mobile App
For those looking for information about the support programs and services available to Coast Guard members and their families, there’s an app for that—available through the Health, Safety and Work-Life Office.

Coast Guard Pregnancy and New Parent Resource Guide
Although initially intended for new parents, this guide offers important resource information on medical care, medical records, leave policy, and other ways the Coast Guard supports your parenthood journey.

Coast Guard’s Sea Legs Website
The first step when joining a Coast Guard family is to check out Sea Legs, a website and magazine full of everything you need to know – like getting your ID card, vacation travel benefits, healthcare coverage, PCS checklists, and a glossary of acronyms you need to know, like “PCS.”

Employee Assistance Program
The Office of Work-Life Programs offers all of the Coast Guard workforce with services that support mental health, work-life stress and relationship wellness. Each program coordinator will assist you with support services available to you.

Coast Guard’s Morale, Well-Being, and Recreation (MWR) Program
Intended to uplift Coast Guard families through a variety of family-centric programs and services because families are essential to our readiness, retention, and resiliency.

TRICARE is the health care program for uniformed Coast Guard service members, retirees, and their families. Visit the Website to find a plan or provider, see what’s covered, learn about costs, contact information, and more! If you need specific questions answered, then reach out to your Coast Guard Health Benefits Advisor (HBA) by dialing 1-800-9-HBA-HBA (1-800-942-2422) or

TRICARE West Region
If you reside in the Western Region, this is your resource for regional health care and pharmacy plans, claims, enrollment, and overview information, as well as forms including authorization for the release of sensitive information.

TRICARE East Region
If you reside in the Eastern Region, this your resource for regional health care and pharmacy plans, claims, enrollment, and overview information, as well as forms including authorization for the release of sensitive information.

The U.S. Family Health Plan
The U.S. Family Health Plan, contracted under TRICARE, allows eligible military beneficiaries to enroll for services through participating non-profit health plans in different regions.

Interested in healthier living? This site provides nutritious recipes, rewards and savings, in addition to a locator to help you find the nearest military commissary.

Chaplains provide 100% confidential counseling and advisement to members, families, and commands.

Employee Assistance Program Coordinator (EAPC)
If there are any questions or concerns about the CG SUPRT Program or if special assistance is needed, each Health, Safety & Work-Life (HSWL) Regional Practice offers an EAPC.

Substance Abuse Prevention Program
This program is available to active and reserve service members and is a resource for those needing to overcome a chemical or substance abuse dependency.

TRICARE Mental Health Benefits
Learn how to get Mental Health Care through you TRICARE benefits.

CG SUPRT provides assessment and short-term counseling for a wide range of needs including stress, family and relationship challenges, parenting, anxiety, depression, work-related concerns, substance abuse, or additional concerns that may impact your well-being. Sessions are available in-person or via telephone, video, and chat. These services are confidential within the bounds of the law.

Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA)
SAMHSA leads public health efforts to advance the behavioral health of the nation. Their website details counseling services for mental health and substance abuse and provides treatment locator resources.


Coast Guard Legal Assistance
Coast Guard attorneys provide legal advice and counseling regarding personal legal issues for service members, dependents, and retirees at no-cost. These issues may involve family law, estate planning, consumer law, landlord-tenant relations, immigration, or many other topics.

Coast Guard Special Needs Program
The Special Needs Program provides resources for Coast Guard family members that pertain to medical, psychological, and physical conditions. Special needs can be broad and include conditions from asthma or allergies, to wheelchair use, or even the need for the creation of Individualized Education Plans (IEPs). This program ensures that members with dependents with special needs are assigned to duty stations most accessible to needed services. Your Family Resource Specialist can help to determine if enrollment is required. Here is a blog post that provides an overview of services.

This program offers benefits that include training, respite care, home care, incontinence supplies, technology devices, and more. Some of the services may be cost-shared under ECHO or your TRICARE program—it will be determined by your qualifying condition.

Family Assistance During Loss of Service Family Member
If a Coast Guard member becomes critically ill, injured, or has fallen in the line of duty, the Fallen Heroes Fund is able to provide some financial support to family members during their difficult time.

Tragedy Assistance Program for Survivors
This program provides assistance for the families of fallen heroes and includes services for grief counseling, education assistance amongst others.

Fisher House Foundation
This foundation provides comfortable lodging, free-of-charge, that military and veteran families can stay in while their loved one is in the hospital. They also offer a variety of other programs to support the military community.

Family Advocacy Program | Domestic and Child Abuse Assistance
Everyone deserves to be healthy and safe in their relationships. Help is available through the Coast Guard’s Family Advocacy Program including: advocacy and safety planning, assessment and treatment planning, ongoing case management and risk monitoring, as well as, resource and referral services.

Coast Guard Foundation
The foundation’s programs assists families financially or otherwise, during times of tragedy and disaster.

National Suicide Prevention Lifeline
If you experience feelings of wanting to harm yourself, or bring harm to yourself that may result in suicide, please call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline for emotional distress. Someone is available to talk 24-hours-a-day, seven-days-a-week. Call 1-800-273-8255 (TALK).

Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration
This site details counseling services for mental health and substance abuse and provides treatment locator resources

Coast Guard Mutual Assistance for Financial Emergency
Coast Guard’s Mutual Assistance Program is the official organization of the U.S. Coast Guard. Assistance is provided under a large variety of conditions including emergencies, housing, and medical needs that are beyond the individual’s ability to meet at the time assistance is requested.

Safe Helpline
The DoD provides anonymous and confidential support for people who have survived sexual assault and need help dealing with its impact. Please call 877-995-5247; live chat is available from the Web site.

National Sexual Assault Hotline
Confidential and trained support personnel will help you find a health facility that offers forensic exams and can assist you in the next steps toward your recovery. Call 1-800-656-HOPE (4673).

Americans Overseas Domestic Violence Crisis Center
This center works with abused Americans and their children who are living in foreign countries. The crisis center provides advocacy, tools, and resources.

National Domestic Violence Hotline
Provides access to highly-trained advocates 24/7/365 to talk confidentially with anyone experiencing domestic violence, seeking resources or information, or questioning unhealthy aspects of their relationship: 1-800-799-7233 or chat at

Military Crisis Line
The Military Crisis Line is staffed by caring, qualified responders—many of whom are veterans themselves. They understand what service members have been through and the challenges that members and their loved ones face.

Tragedy Assistance Program for Survivors
Offers compassionate care to all those grieving the loss of a military loved one.

As part of the Department of Homeland Security, this site provides you with local resources for emergencies including a hospital locator and quick links to community leaders, food, housing, and other vital resources.

Coast Guard Legal Assistance
Coast Guard attorneys provide legal advice and counseling regarding personal legal issues for service members, dependents, and retirees at no-cost. These issues may involve family law, estate planning, consumer law, landlord-tenant relations, immigration, or many other topics.

TRICARE Benefits During a Disaster
When a State of Emergency is issued, TRICARE may authorize early prescription refills, waivers for referrals, and other emergencies benefits.

Disaster Assistance
The Disaster Assistance Improvement Program provides disaster survivors with information, support, services, and a means to access and apply for disaster assistance through joint data-sharing efforts between federal, tribal, state, local, and private sector partners.

Disaster Distress Helpline
This national helpline is for those experiencing emotional distress related to natural or human-caused disasters; 24-hours a day, seven days a week. Spanish speakers are also available. Visit the Web page or call 1-800-985-5990.

Operation Homefront
This program provides services to military families including transitional housing, financial assistance, holiday meals, and toy drives.

The Federal Emergency Management Agency provides emergency resources that help to respond to, or mitigate, the effects on those recovering from domestic disasters.

American Red Cross
This organization assists military families and veterans with the challenges of military services—volunteers provide services within hospitals and on bases, and they support families with resources during deployments and emergencies. CPR training is available, and families can receive free smoke detectors for home use. The American Red Cross Hero Care Center verifies and communicates family emergencies to unit commands. *Ombudsmen can also communicate emergencies to unit commands.
Get ahead of a critical situation. This site prepares you how to be ready during disasters like severe weather, or the impact such conditions can have on your home environment, like flooding.

Coast Guard Medical Manuals, Instructions and Forms
Do you want information on immunizations, exams, as well as forms for your dental health, eye wear prescriptions and emergency treatment and care? This resource contains it all.

Employee Assistance Program, COMDTINST 1740.7B
This instruction summarizes assistance for eligible employees (civilians and Service members) in need of counseling and who are addressing interpersonal conflicts concerning marriage, anxiety, conflicts at work, substance abuse, and stress management. It is also intended for counseling issues that would involve less than six, in-person sessions to resolve.

Last reviewed on: 10/05/2020