• Centers of Excellence align under Defense Health Agency
    U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Miguel Lara III/Released

    The Defense Centers of Excellence for Psychological Health and Traumatic Brain Injury (DCoE) began realignment under the Defense Health Agency Oct. 1 as part of the ongoing Military Health System transformation. The change is one example of the progress DHA is making to meet the current health care needs of the military community.

    “This is a positive thing,” said Dr. Richard Stoltz, acting DCoE director. “We are consolidating our efforts and nesting our expertise to manage programs, develop resources, and execute research more effectively. This effort is a great benefit to our warfighters.”

    This realignment supports the DHA quadruple aim – the agency’s overall effort to provide better health, better care, lower costs, and improved military readiness

  • Embrace Mindfulness: These 5 Tips Can Help You Get Started
    DoD photo by Cpl. Jason Jimenez

    If you are part of a military family, taking time for yourself, both physically and mentally, is important.  Mindfulness meditation practices reduce stress, boost resilience and promote overall better health. If the thought of trying to fit something new into your daily routine seems overwhelming, these five tips may help:

    1. Start small: Start with five minutes and gradually increase the length of time as you feel more comfortable.
    2. Download an app: You don’t have to figure out how to meditate on your own. Many people find a guided mindfulness meditation practice helpful. The Mindfulness Coach mobile app is free and offers tips to take with you on the go.
  • 5 Tips to Make Healthy Habits Last
    Habit is greater than reason - George Santayana
    Graphic by Defense Health Agency

    Good habits provide a foundation for positive improvements in your life.  However, forming new habits can be challenging. They take time and practice to form.

    “A habit is something we do that becomes automatic because we did it many times under the same circumstances,” said Tiffany Milligan, a health psychologist at the Psychological Health Center of Excellence (PHCoE).

    We practice good habits every day because of repeated, consistent action with specific context.  Context is anything that helps you remember the change you want to make and increases the odds you will do it repeatedly. Once behavior is automatic, it becomes easier to maintain.

  • Beat Depression: Learn Differences for Men, Women
    Graphic by Sidney R. Hinds III, Defense Health Agency

    Awareness is always important for prevention. Knowing the signs and symptoms of depression will make it easier to know when to find help for yourself or for someone you know.

    Depression doesn’t always affect people the same way. Men can experience depression differently than women. The infographic below uses data from  2013 to 2015 to show how depression affects men in the United States.


  • Beat Depression: How to Support Women You Know
    Photo by 2nd Lt. Brian R Ballou

    Depression does not discriminate. It affects people of all ethnicities, economic backgrounds and ages. However, biological, social and gender differences -- and the experiences, stressors and expectations that surround them -- put women at greater risk for depression.

    How to Support Her

    By learning how to offer support and understanding, you can help your loved one access resources for coping with and overcoming depression.

  • Experts Look at How Sexual Assault Impacts Male Service Members
    Photo by Lance Cpl. Reba James

    Sexual assault within the military continues to receive increasing attention. While sexual assault happens to both men and women in the military, little is known about the impact of sexual assault on men. During the 2017 Defense Centers of Excellence for Psychological Health and Traumatic Brain Injury Summit, Ms. Cynthia LeardMann, a senior epidemiologist, presented findings focused on sexual assault and sexual harassment pulled from the Millennium Cohort Study.

    Servicemen and Sexual Assault

    The number of servicemen affected by unwanted sexual contact is similar to that of servicewomen. Between 2015 and 2016, there were approximately10,000 reported incidences of sexual assault of men and approximately 13,000 reported incidences of women. Despite these numbers, most research has focused on the impact of sexual assault on women.

    “There’s a gap in the literature regarding men and sexual assault,” LeardMann said. “We wanted to look at the full impact of sexual harassment and sexual assault with regards to men serving in the military.”