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MEN’S POSITIVITY CONVERSATIONS

Staff Sgt. Trevor McClelland, an instructor from Airman Leadership School, and Anthony Warner, an Arms Control Compliance Officer from the 31st Fighter Wing, host a Men’s Positivity Conversations event, here May 21. The event discussed topics such as dating, living healthy lifestyles, and ideas to help bring positive influences into everyday life. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Ericka A. Dechane).

Staff Sgt. Trevor McClelland, an instructor from Airman Leadership School, and Anthony Warner, an Arms Control Compliance Officer from the 31st Fighter Wing, host a Men’s Positivity Conversations event, here May 21. The event discussed topics such as dating, living healthy lifestyles, and ideas to help bring positive influences into everyday life. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Ericka A. Dechane).

AVIANO AIR BASE, Italy. --

Two black chairs sat on top of the beige stage, with blue curtains hanging from behind. Music played from a speaker, welcoming everyone into the “Conversations.”

Staff Sgt. Trevor McClelland, an instructor from Airman Leadership School, and Anthony Warner, an Arms Control Compliance Officer from the 31st Fighter Wing, hosted a Men’s Positivity Conversations event, here May 21.

The event mainly targeted men, however everyone was encouraged to attend. Topics discussed at the event included dating, living healthy lifestyles, and ideas to help bring positive influences into everyday life.

McClelland had a vision of him and Warner on a stage discussing ways to bring positivity to their lives and those of other Airmen.

Life can have challenges that may make it difficult to be positive and maintain a good attitude.

“We are no stranger to suicide and things that hamper some positivity,” said McClelland. “We are the tip of the spear, we give a lot of airpower and we have a great mission. But life rainfalls on the just and the unjust, so it’s one of those things where we have to be able to give some relief to folks.

The event was designed to make the audience feel at ease with the various topics that were discussed.

“If you sit and talk and get to know somebody, that’s when a connection is made from one simple conversation,” said Warner.

  Additionally, the event was a way to give back and help foster the importance of mental health during Mental Health Awareness Month in May.

“When we talk about mental health, that mental fortress that we have, we want it to be a strong one and sturdy and not something that is built on sand, but maybe something a little more,” said McClelland.

The Men’s Positivity Conversations event supported the GRIT program, because the event provided the time, tools, and resources to enhance personal and professional performance and promote a shared responsibility of Airmen taking care of Airmen.

“We can give some tools that can help you, tools for your tool box, to be able to press through those challenging times,” said McClelland.

McClelland wanted attendees to leave the “Conversations” feeling inspired.

“Things can be better, hope for the future,” said McClelland. “The big thing that can help, at least somewhat is hope. Having that resiliency, having that conversation, and being able to know that you are not the only one.”