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MFLC, EAP available for community

HANSCOM AIR FORCE BASE, Mass. – Hanscom Helping Organization officials are encouraging members of the community to be familiar with base resources this season.

The Military Family Life Counseling and Employee Assistance Programs are available for personnel who need a boost through the holidays or may be battling COVID-fatigue.

“We’re all suffering a loss of routine and holiday traditions that can be exhausting to deal with,” said Carolyn McCafferty, Hanscom’s community support coordinator. “It’s okay to feel that way, and it’s okay to recognize you may need a boost or to talk with someone.”

Hanscom currently offers counselors for both adults and child and youth-specific services between two respective specialists, said McCafferty. The adult-MFLC can address concerns with relationships, communication, anger management, grief and other stressors. The child and youth-MFLC can assist with child-specific or family concerns.

“We’ve recently brought another MFLC on board which really broadens our ability to support our military community and their families,” she said.

Personnel can all 781-315-7992 or email HanscomAdultMFLC@SRIMFLCTeam.com to schedule an appointment. Child and youth MFLC can be reached at 781-654-1712 or hanscomcdcmflc@srimflcteam.com. Additional information can be found at www.militaryonesource.mil.

For similar support, federal civilians, their families and supervisors can utilize the Employee Assistance Program. EAP consultants provide confidential services for federal employees and their household members with a variety of challenges.

Employees can schedule appointments with counselors 24/7 by calling 866-580-9078 or by visiting www.afpc.af.mil/EAP, and register with code ‘USAirForce.’

“There’s nothing wrong with consulting an expert to manage how you’re feeling, and it’s okay to get counseling on  doing it better,” said McCafferty. “Self-care should be the gift we all give ourselves this year.”