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Travis Incorporates virtual Reality-based Test, Agrees to Provide Suicide Prevention Training Feedback

Leaders, altogether from the Scott Air Force Base, Illinois, set foot in a test phase inspired by an immersive virtual reality experience. Airmen from across the 375th Air Mobility Wing will start their training with a new virtual reality-based initiative, from 12th January onwards. Along with Scott, Travis Air Force Base agrees to provide training to the airmen as they believe this to be a tough push to prevent suicide. Both airbases are excited to start this training effort to encourage security and physical ease among airmen when engaging with others to provide suicide training sessions.

The new VR-based initiative will be a thirty-minute session where leaders will have to wear the headset and sit for an interactive scenario with a distressed airman. The leader has to be a senior member of the airbase, having prior experience in providing upfront training. The virtual reality-based headset prompts leaders to ask a set of questions to the airman, immediately after which the leader notes his response until he can efficiently attend his cause of worry. Sgt. Anthony Beckoff, the chief master of Scott Air Force Base, explained his experience, which was ten times more valuable. This is a fruitful attempt where leaders could conveniently resonate with the worried airmen. The application will provide leaders with efficient data to identify potential training gaps and understand their airmen better. It will also be a fluent process for the airmen, as they are used to communicating in a virtual world like this.

Fundamental response

The training effort approaches a fundamental response method- the ACE method, meaning ‘ask’, ‘care’, and ‘escort’. Sgt. Anthony Beckoff said that he felt more comfortable, on a personal level, to stick to a unique response training method. The leaders of both the airbases think about this training effort as a well-motivated and successful attempt that can go to great lengths in addressing distressed issues among airmen. This is an innovative way to help aircrew understand the cause of mental instability and assist them with varying facts. Right now, the interactive scenario comprises the communicative experiences between two airmen, and later it will consist of training sessions among a first sergeant, a spouse, and a commander. Both Scott and Travis’ air force bases will adjust their training sessions based on the feedback in the course of the test phase. The final training sessions might roll out later this year.

Obvious benefits

One of the obvious benefits of this training is teaching airmen to communicate with each other. Opening up for a fruitful conversation while avoiding judgmental language will ensure that both parties remain safe until the problem is solved.

Positive Feedback

Since its implementation, the test phase has only brought positive feedback. The violence prevention integrator, Mr. Kirt Davis, acknowledged this training effort as an ideal way to deal with a frightful situation like suicide. Therefore, Davis makes an earnest request to all airmen to engage at critical times and help those who all are struggling, and to make them understand that their presence matters.

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