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  • DoD's Initiatives to Assist Service Members with TBI, PTSD and Substance Use Disorders

    The Defense Centers of Excellence for Psychological Health and Traumatic Brain Injury (DCoE) is one of many parts of the Department of Defense (DoD) that is undertaking initiatives to promote the prevention, early identification and treatment of post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), traumatic brain injury (TBI) and substance use disorders.


    The DCoE Real Warriors Campaign is designed to combat stigma and support service members and their families in getting needed help to deal with psychological health concerns and TBI. The campaign spotlights warriors who have the courage to step forward to seek help and demonstrate resilience in overcoming their challenges.

    Army Battlemind is a training series applied throughout all phases of deployment, designed to provide soldiers with the inner strength to face fear and adversity with courage.

    Air Force Landing Gear promotes education, symptom recognition, and help-seeking behaviors to increase the rate at which traumatic stress symptoms are identified in airmen.

    Marine Corps Combat Operational Stress Control provides strategies that leaders use to strengthen, mitigate, identify, treat and reintegrate Marines back into their units. Strengthening occurs prior to deployment; mitigation occurs during deployment; and identification occurs throughout the deployment cycle.

    DoD Suicide Prevention and Risk Reduction Committee provides a centralized structure and forum that facilitates collaboration among services, the Department of Veterans Affairs, other federal partners, and subject matter experts. The committee's goals are to advance practice and science and promote effective DoD system-wide policy and services.

  • Public Awareness of Mental Health Issues and Traumatic Stress

    During Mental Health Awareness month in May, I’ve taken the opportunity to think about the changes that I’ve witnessed in the past 15-20 years with respect to public awareness of mental health issues. This has been especially notable for awareness of issues related to traumatic stress and post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). I became interested in the field of traumatic stress in the early 1990’s, when I was in college and working on a psychiatric ward as an undergraduate psychology extern. I remember being stunned to discover how many women on the psychiatric ward had a history of interpersonal violence. It was listening to their stories that first helped me to understand the profound impact that going through a traumatic event can have on people. Interpersonal violence wasn’t something that was talked about nearly as often 15 – 20 years ago. I went to graduate school to work with individuals who ...
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