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The Importance of Self-Care

In today’s fast-paced world, where schedules are hectic and demands are high, neglecting our well-being to meet external obligations is easy. However, amidst the chaos, taking care of ourselves is not just a luxury but a necessity. This July, as we celebrate Self-Care Month and gear up for International Self-Care Day on July 24th, it is the perfect time to reflect on the significance of self-care and its profound impact on our health and happiness. 

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Summer Wellness: Embracing Health and Happiness Under the Sun Guide

Tomorrow, June 21st, is the first day of summer! It’s the perfect time to focus on your health and well-being. Summer gives us the opportunity to embrace the heat while maintaining our health and wellness. The warm weather and longer days provide the perfect atmosphere for enhancing our health, enjoying outdoor activities, and making lasting memories with family and friends.  

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Supporting LGBTQ+ Health: A Guide for FSBP Members

“At the American Foreign Service Protective Association, inclusivity in healthcare is a priority, with the Foreign Service Benefit Plan (FSBP) offering robust support for LGBTQ+ members. Through partnerships with Brightline, specialized provider search tools, mental wellness resources like myStrength™, and telehealth services, FSBP ensures accessible and culturally competent care. Coverage includes gender-affirming healthcare, supported by educational resources such as the AFSPA Talks podcast, demonstrating a commitment to comprehensive and inclusive healthcare for all members.”

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Are Telehealth Services Good For Men?

Men live shorter lives than women. They are more at risk of violence, mental ill health, and, sadly, suicide. There are also additional hazardous behaviours such as smoking, drinking, and illicit drug use. The vast majority of workplace deaths occur in men. 

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Lupus Awareness and its Effects on Women

We have finally made it to May flowers after enduring April’s showers and while we celebrate the beautiful things that May brings, we also want to shed light on a chronic autoimmune disease that affects more men than women: lupus.

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Caregivers’ Mental Health: The Unseen Struggle

Caring for someone with mental illness is a profound act of love and compassion, but it’s also a journey laden with challenges that can take a toll on the caregiver’s mental health. According to the Mayo Clinic, 1 in 3 adults in the United States is an informal or family caregiver. While the focus often remains on the well-being of the individual with mental illness, it’s equally essential to shed light on the silent struggles faced by those who provide care. The effects on the mental health of caregivers are multifaceted and profound, encompassing emotional, physical, and social dimensions. 

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As a subscriber to AFSPA/FSBP for about the last fifty-four years, I can say that I have always been totally satisfied with the benefits and services I have received over all those years at home and abroad.
Tom K.
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I am satisfied with the service FSBP provides, and with their claim handling procedures. I have dealt with other carriers before, and thus far, FSBP is the best that I have worked with. In my opinion FSBP is the best for overseas members.
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I was already a big fan of FSBP but my Health Benefits Officer's (HBO) perseverance in getting my case handled has made me an even more loyal member! It is the best customer service I have ever had! I am deeply and sincerely grateful.
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The AFSPA representative was wonderful and very knowledgeable, patient, understanding, and most important, interested in helping me. She stood right by me. I have successfully enrolled in Dominion Dental and will also enroll in FSBP! Thank you for such great service!

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