Medical officials address Traumatic Stress Response

By Capt. Bryan W. Bovitz: 27th Special Operations Medical Group Mental Health Clinic

Traumatic Stress Response teams are a valuable mental heath tool for airmen and their families in times of stress or tragedy. The teams are prepared to assist in the aftermath of ground and air mishaps, natural disasters, major accidents, or any incident that involves loss or life or significant injury. TSR teams are established at all active duty Air Force installations and are managed by the base’s medical group.

TSR teams:

• Serve as trauma response consultants to unit leaders

• Prepare personnel likely to be exposed to potentially traumatic events; and

• Provide screening, education, psychological first aid, and referral for those exposed to potentially traumatic events.

After a potentially traumatic event, the base Command Post is required to notify the TSR team chief. TSR services will be made available in response to any and all incidents affecting the base population that involve loss of life or significant injury. TSR services may also be provided in response to other events at the request of the unit commander.

In accordance with Air Force Instruction 44-153, Traumatic Stress Response, a privileged mental health provider serves as the TSR team chief and is supported by a mental health team, the chapel staff, and the Airman and Family Readiness Center. A mental health team consists of a psychiatrist, psychologist, social worker, mental health nurse and an experienced mental health technician. Spiritual support is provided by chaplains and chaplain assistants, and the Airman and Family Readiness Center consults regarding readiness and needs of families affected by the event.

Information: Cannon’s Mental Health Clinic at 575-784-1108