The Fleet and Family Support Center (FFSC) provides a wide range of confidential and no-cost counseling and assistance, including:
- Individual counseling
- Child counseling
- Family counseling, including blended families
- Marriage/couple’s counseling
- Domestic Abuse Victim Advocates
- Family Advocacy Program (FAP) Services
- Suicide Prevention
Counseling could be for adjusting to military life, anger management, communication and conflict resolution, deployment reintegration, divorce, grief & loss, infidelity, parenting skills, relationship challenges, or anything else affecting your life.
Sailor Assistance and Intercept for Life (SAIL)
SAIL is a voluntary program that quickly provides support to you during a stressful period after a suicide-related behavior (SRB). SAIL does not replace mental health treatment. SAIL serves as an outreach service that connects to your mental health providers, your command, and other programs you may be participating in to ensure your recovery and a smooth re-integration into your command. Your SAIL case manager will assess your risk for future SRBs, and help you create a safety plan. Their goal is to help you manage your risk of SRBs and reduce your distress.
If you or someone you know needs immediate help, please call the Suicide and Crisis Lifeline at 988.
The Family Advocacy Program (FAP)
The Family Advocacy Program (FAP) provides clinical assessment, treatment and services for service members, their intimate partners, and family members involved in allegations of domestic abuse and child abuse. The goal of the Family Advocacy Program is to prevent domestic violence by encouraging people to examine their own behavior and take steps to learn and practice healthier behaviors. The FAP provides a variety of interventions and treatment services to meet the needs of individuals and families. It provides counseling, clinical case management, treatment groups, and refers families to military and civilian resources as appropriate.
When abuse does occur, the FAP works to ensure the safety of victims and helps military families overcome the effects of violence and change destructive behavior patterns. FAP staff members are trained to respond to incidents of abuse and neglect, support victims, and offer prevention and treatment. Professional services of licensed counselors are available free of charge at Fleet and Family Support Centers. These are available to active duty and their family members – even Sailors who are unmarried can have couple’s counseling with their partners.
A variety of courses that teach healthy relationship skills are also available at FFSCs. These include anger management and conflict resolution. These are also free and available to both active duty and spouses.
Victims must have access to protection, care and support. Interventions are needed to ensure safety. Services are available for victims including assisting with protection orders, accompaniment to court, and safety planning. Support is also available to non-offending parents in child abuse cases.
If you think you may be a victim of domestic abuse, contact the National Domestic Violence Hotline at 1-800-799-SAFE or visit your Fleet and Family Support Center for information on available resources.