DCoE Blog

  • Harnessing New and Social Media to Prevent Suicide

    Another breakout session featured at the 2010 Suicide Prevention Conference was a lively and informative session centered on New and Social Media titled Harnessing New and Social Media to Prevent Suicide. The goal of the conversation was to understand how social media can serve as a powerful means to prevent suicide and the discussion began with a simple question:

    What is Social Media?

    Social Media is defined as an online set of tools that allows anyone with basic computer skills to tell their stories using the internet to create a shared community experience both online and in-person. Online social media forums can be found such as:

  • Suicide Prevention Resource Center: A National Resource for a National Imperative
    Suicide Prevention Resource Center

    The Suicide Prevention Resource Center (SPRC) hosted an important breakout session last week at our 2010 Suicide Prevention Conference called “Suicide Prevention: A National Resource for a National Imperative.”

  • Frontline Psych with Doc Bender: Coming Back Home

    Dr. James Bender recently returned from Iraq after spending 12 months as the brigade psychologist for the 4-1 CAV out of Ft Hood. He served for four and a half years in the Army. During his deployment, he traveled through Southern Iraq, from Basra to Baghdad and many spots in between. He’ll be writing a monthly post for the DCoE Blog on mental health issues related to deployment and being in the military.

    Hello, I’m Dr. James Bender and excited to be writing a monthly post. I hope you’ll share your thoughts and comments with me, so I can address the things you want to know and talk about. Having just returned from Iraq, deployment issues are top of mind.

    U.S. Army photo by Martin Greeson/Released

    Anyone who has faced redeployment, or coming back home can relate. Redeployment is a big adjustment after being downrange. If you engaged the enemy or not, you went through a major life change when you deployed, and you’re going through another major change when you get back. Just as it took some time to get used to deployment, it will take you some time (maybe several months) to get used to being back home.

  • Participate in DCoE’s Monthly Webinar on 'Support for Family Caregivers'

    Interested in military family caregiver issues? Don’t miss this month’s DCoE Webinar on “Support for Family Caregivers,” January 28 from 1300 to 1500 hours EST.

    Today family caregivers are facing new and different challenges. As the baby boomer generation ages, they are often required to care for both their older parents and younger children. Some military spouses face a similar role change, taking care of children and caring for their wounded service member.

  • Voices on Suicide Prevention

    Many voices on psychological health and suicide prevention are being shared at the joint DoD-VA Suicide Prevention Conference that is underway until Thursday – ranging from the warrior, to the family member, to the spiritual advisor, to the health-care provider, to the line leader. Become part of the dialogue. Please share your thoughts, questions and ideas with us.

  • Continuity of Care Heals the Wounded and Builds Trust

    By Col. Charles C. Engel | Director, Deployment Health Clinical Center, WRAMC

    This post is republished from The Military Health System Blog.

    What do you think is the most important part of your medical care? Insurance coverage? Cancer screening? The right diagnosis? A particular diagnostic test? The right medicine? Time to ask medicine?

    These are all important considerations to be sure. A growing number of doctors and patients point to something called “continuity of care” as the single most important ingredient in your medical care.