Psychiatric illness is no laughing matter, but humor and lightheartedness can help us all get through the stresses of military life and deployment.
The Red Nose Institute is a nonprofit corporation founded by a retired Air Force veteran and psychiatric nurse. The goal of the Red Nose Institute is to put a smile on the faces of troops overseas. Designed by a clown and with the help of friends from around the world, this program was launched in July 2007.
The institute’s mission is to help encourage individuals who care about our military to donate red foam noses. The noses are mailed to U.S. service members deployed overseas. A letter is enclosed in each package telling military members how extremely proud of them we are and how thankful we are for their service. Servicemen and women are encouraged to share the noses with others who might need to smile or share them with nearby children. The underlying goal is to relieve stress and promote resiliency.
The Ramstein Mental Health clinic has joined forces with the Red Nose Institute in May to send the red foam noses to the deployed 86th MDOS personnel who are serving overseas at this time. If you would like to send noses to your co-workers and deployed service members, you can contact the Red Nose Institute online at www.therednoseinstitute.com. They will send red noses for free to deployed service members in your squadron or unit.