FORT LEONARD WOOD, Mo. — Fort Leonard Wood Army Substance Abuse Program officials are scheduled to host a Ready and Resilient Fair from 9 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Tuesday at Nutter Field House.
The purpose of the R2 Fair is to provide service members, civilian employees, retirees and family members the opportunity to learn about local resources and assistance programs that can help those who are overcome with life stressors, said Fort Leonard Wood ASAP Specialist and Installation Suicide Prevention Program Manager Malia Nemetz.
“Knowing where to get help can pose a challenge, and these events allow personnel to learn about resources in a safe place,” Nemetz said. “I want people to know that resources are available and within their reach.”
Interactive activities will showcase on- and off-post agency resources, and subject matter experts will be available to answer questions and assist in the development of toolkits for use in crisis situations.
“I believe the No. 1 protective factor and key to prevention is connectedness,” Nemetz said. “In-person resiliency fairs strengthen our culture of trust, build community readiness and allow participants to interact with each other and share in the experience.”
A few mandatory training opportunities will be available as well, Nemetz said.
ASAP Personal Readiness and Operations Security annual training will be available all day, and Threat Awareness and Reporting training sessions will be conducted at 11:30 a.m. and 2:30 p.m. Additionally, Sexual Harassment/Assault Response and Prevention trainers are also scheduled to be on-hand.
“We want people to understand that everyday stress is normal, and that asking for help is a sign of strength,” Nemetz said. “Together we form the support system for personnel in crisis.”
For more information about the ASAP program or R2 Fair, call 573.596.0938.