Posted on Aug 22, 2015
LT Jessica Kellogg
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I'm worried about one of my Sailors.
This Sailor is good at their job, but is having a really hard time in the military environment.
Over the last year, I've watched them kind of sink into this dark cloud - no longer smiling or joking, just there.
They've made some comments about self harm, and were referred to medical, but nothing really came out of that.
This sailor wants out, but still has about 2 years left (6 year contract), but doesn't want to risk an other than honorable discharge.
Unfortunately I can definitely see this situation gets worse before it gets better.

I'm looking for any resources you know of, or advice on how to help this sailor.

Thanks.
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PO2 Brian Rhodes
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LT Jessica Kellogg I was in this sailors shoes when I was on cruise, maybe not to the extent that he/she is. I was having a rough time of it and a LT in my squadron could see that something was not normal and he reached out and Mage himself available. I believe he went above and beyond what was expected.

My advise is let this sailor know that you are available even if it's only to listen, that's a lot right there. Check on him/her let them know that you genuinely care and that they are not alone. It also wouldn't be a bad idea for you to reach out to a chaplain for advise as well, the chaplain may be able to direct you further. Good luck shipmate.
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CH (CPT) William Beaver
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Send the Sailor to a Chaplain or BehavioralHealth, or call Military One Source
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MAJ Robert (Bob) Petrarca
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While I don't have anything to add because I believe our esteemed colleagues here have given the best of advice already, I just wanted to applaud you LT Jessica Kellogg for recognizing the issue with your sailor and taking the time and concern to follow through on your instincts. That's what leadership is all about.
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