DCoE Blog

  • Thursday, August 06, 2009 - Sesame Street Family Connections Web site Unveiled…
    “If you can dream it, you can do it.”- Walt Disney

    The Defense Centers of Excellence for Psychological Health and Traumatic Brain Injury (DCoE) in collaboration with Sesame Street Workshop recently unveiled the “Sesame Street Family Connections” Web site.

    This interactive Web site, similar to the social networking site Facebook, will allow Soldiers, Sailors, Airmen, Marines and their Families to stay connected in a safe and nurturing environment surrounded by their favorite Sesame Street friends.

  • Tuesday, July 28, 2009 - July’s Global Video Teleconference (VTC): Reintegration Experiences

    Every month DCoE holds a Global VTC focused on a topic relevant to the military community. This outreach initiative provides a forum for discussion of critical issues relevant to psychological health and traumatic brain injury and also ensures global access to authoritative and credible subject resources.

    This month’s Global VTC titled, “Reintegration Experiences: The View from the States,” will take place tomorrow, Wednesday, July 29 from 1300-1500.

    The purpose of this VTC is to discuss promising state-level reintegration programs that target Reserve and National Guard populations. Attention will be paid to the Alabama Reintegration Action Plan as well as programs from both Kansas and Massachusetts. Military and civilian leaders, healthcare providers and subject matter experts should find the VTC useful.

    Dial-in number: 888-889-1822, pass code: 1283540#

    DCoE will hold the next Global VTC, titled “Rural Healthcare Issues and Technology,” on August 26. Please join us!

  • Thursday, July 16, 2009 - Notable Historical Figures May Have Experienced PTSD

    In my previous post, I discussed my observations on public attitudes over the last 20 years toward psychological health issues in general and post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) specifically. In my experience, there has been a significant increase in how frequently these issues are publicly discussed, even though the same issues have probably existed for thousands of years. In an article I published with Dr. Philip A. Mackowiak, titled “Post-Traumatic Stress Reactions before the Advent of Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder: Potential Effects on the Lives and Legacies of Alexander the Great, Captain James Cook, Emily Dickinson, and Florence Nightingale,” we share that some of society’s most celebrated historical figures may have experienced PTSD.>

  • Thursday, July 02, 2009 - Psychological Health for Military Women

    The National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) of 2008 (HR 4986, Section 716) specifically "requires the Secretary of Defense to conduct a comprehensive review of the 1) need for gender and ethnic group-specific mental health treatment and services for members of the Armed Forces; 2) the efficacy and adequacy of existing gender-and ethnic group-specific mental health treatment programs and services for members of the Armed Forces." According to recent statistics, in 2008, women made up 11 percent of OEF/OIF veterans of the conflicts in Iraq and Afghanistan.

  • 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).