8th STB hikes for suicide prevention

| October 3, 2014 | 0 Comments
Sgt. 1st Class Joseph Strnad, 8th Special Troop Battalion 8th Special Troops Battalion Soldiers and their families complete a month dedicated to resiliency and suicide-prevention training with a morning hike up the Makapuu Point Lighthouse Trail, Sept. 26.

Sgt. 1st Class Joseph Strnad, 8th Special Troop Battalion
8th Special Troops Battalion Soldiers and their families complete a month dedicated to resiliency and suicide-prevention training with a morning hike up the Makapuu Point Lighthouse Trail, Sept. 26.

8th Theater Sustainment Command
Public Affairs

FORT SHAFTER — 8th Special Troops Battalion troops and their families wrapped up a month dedicated to resiliency and suicide prevention training with a morning hike up the Makapu’u Point Lighthouse Trail, Friday.

The unit hosted more than 10 training sessions at the Aliamanu Military Reservation Chapel and at Schofield Barracks throughout September, providing an opportunity for its 500-plus Soldiers to share active conversations about suicide prevention and resiliency tools.A1_STB_Suicide_Prevention_IMG_0048_004

Resiliency is something the troops constantly promote throughout their ranks. September was National Suicide Prevention Month, and this year’s Army theme for the month was “Enhancing Resiliency – Strengthening Our Professionals.”

The hike was a great way to do just that, by bringing everybody together outside of their normal duty-day environments and continuing the month’s discussions, said Sgt. 1st Class Joseph Strnad, manager, 8th STB Comprehensive Soldier & Family Fitness Program, and lead for the hike.

“The most important part of the hike was being able to open the event up to the Soldiers’ families, too,” he said. “The resiliency skills are there for both our Soldiers and their families to use in all parts of their lives.”

During the morning event, five Master Resilience Trainers (MRTs) guided discussions designed to educate the hikers on how to be Army fit, foster essential resilience-building techniques to overcome setbacks, and promote personal and professional growth.

Strnad said the idea is to embrace and integrate these principles and tools into daily life.

The MRTs described their favorite resiliency skills and shared examples of how they apply those skills in their day-to-day lives, including various goal-setting techniques, “hunting the good stuff” or finding the positive in all things, and identifying thoughts and the consequences of those thoughts.

Single and married Soldiers of all ranks agreed that the physical side of the hike mixed with the skills discussed, made it the ultimate example of a resiliency strengthening event.

“We’ll continue to have these kinds of hikes and family events,” Strnad said. “Our troops did great this month, as we really pushed our resiliency efforts to another level, together.”

 

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