The VR Training Gives Airmen Practical Experience Convincing a Peer to Seek Help
The U.S. Air Force is using virtual reality technology to give airmen the practical experience needed to be able to help colleagues in a mental health emergency in a program that will be expanded to incorporate military spouses as well.
In 2019, 498 military service members died by suicide, according to the Defense Department’s annual suicide report. The Air Force is going beyond traditional computer-based and small group discussion training to better prepare airmen for engaging someone in emotional distress to get help. Nextgov talked with Master Sgt. Shawn Dougherty, a VR training facilitator on the program, and Moth+Flame, the tech company developing the virtual suicide prevention training, to learn about the program.