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DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH AND HUMAN SERVICES Centers for Disease Control and Prevention National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health during deployment






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The Buddy System What is the Buddy System?The buddy system is an effective method by which a deployed staff member shares in the responsibility for his or her partner’s safety and wellbeing. Photo by NIOSH DEPARTMENT OF HEALTHAND HUMAN SERVICES �� &#x/MCI; 0 ;&#x/MCI; 0 ;Do &#x/MCI; 3 ;&#x/MCI; 3 ;• Be a listener to your buddy.Actively communicate with your buddy to understand his/her perspective.Reach out to a buddy who may be struggling.Offer help with practical needs or finding services.Get help if you have reason to believe your buddy may be a threat to themselves or to others.Do NotOffer clinical diagnosis or treatment.Take on the role of a therapist.Pass judgment on people or decisions.Pry or demand that a buddy discuss problems.RememberNoteveryone reacts to stressin the same way.As abuddy, be sensitive to differences in culture and perspective. Your buddymay not even be aware of how they are handling the stress of deployment. You can help byidentifying and advising onimmediate needs, discussing an action plan, and acting to address theneedIf you are unsure what to do or need more help, please speak with your team leader or supervisor.ReferenceCenter for Mental Health Services [1994Disaster response and recovery: A handbook for mental health professionals. Rockville, MD: Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. “The buddy system is an effective method to provide support, monitor stress, and reinforce safety procedures [during deployment].” Photo by NIOSH