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These 6 Tools Can Help You Manage Your Mental Health

Man squatting, man reading and man meditating
Exercise, meditation and reading are all activities that reduce stress. Taking care of physical, mental, social and spiritual fitness can help improve stress management skills and overall health. (U.S. Air Force illustration by Airman 1st Class Destinee Dougherty)

Mental health is an important part of our overall wellness. Defense Centers of Excellence for Psychological Health and Traumatic Brain Injury (DCoE) offers many tools for helping you keep yours in good shape.

Whether you are looking to improve your own mental health, or find tools to help your spouse or children, DCoE has a resource ready to help.

  • AfterDeployment: If you have ever deployed, you know that returning home can mean new challenges. AfterDeployment has assessments, videos, blog posts and other resources to address problems service members may face following deployment. Topics include sleep issues, substance use and depression.
  • Real Warriors: Real Warriors is an anti-stigma campaign that encourages service members and families to reach out for help with mental health challenges. This effort emphasizes how reaching out is an important show of strength for a service member. The website is full of useful articles, resources, videos and more.
  • T2 mobile applications: The National Center for Telehealth & Technology (T2) offers many useful and free applications to help you manage your mental health. Their mobile apps can help with a variety of issues from the Dream E-Z app, which can help you improve sleeping habits, to the T2 Mood Tracker, which can help you track and manage your emotions.
  • MilitaryKidsConnect: Military Kids Connect website provides a social network for military children to share their unique experiences and tips for coping with deployments, frequent moves and other challenges. There’s also a section for parents and teachers to learn more about how to support their military kids.
  • Sesame Street for Military Families: DCoE works with Sesame Street Workshop to offer resources for military families. The website offers resources for parents and children to help cope with the challenges specific to life in the military. Learn how our youngest service members can engage with Muppet pals to help make transitions easier.

Still looking for more? Visit one of our websites to find more information about your specific needs:

 

Comments (2)

  • I love receiving DCoE emails! They are so digestible and well done. I work for United Through Reading and would love to connect with you to share our mission and our efforts to promote positive psychological health by keeping families connected DURING the separation/deployment through the read aloud experience.

    • Thank you so much for supporting the DCoE mission!

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This page was last updated on: September 14, 2017.