• Military Comic Author Talks About New Book, How it Helps Vets
    Terminal Lance

    Disclaimer: The views and opinions expressed in this article are those of the author and do not reflect the official policy or position of Defense Centers of Excellence for Psychological Health and Traumatic Brain Injury. The “Terminal Lance” series does contain foul language; adult discretion advised.

    Former Marine Maximilian Uriarte began self-publishing his irreverent and often not-safe-for-work online comic strip on life in the Marine Corps infantry, “Terminal Lance,” in 2010. Uriarte’s sharp wit strikes a chord with service members of every branch by highlighting the trials, idiosyncrasies and absurdities of military life.

  • DCoE Blog Best of 2014: Posts Worth Re-reading

    It was “Rapid” Robert Feller, National Baseball Hall of Fame pitcher and the first Major League Baseball player to enlist in World War II, who said, "Every day is a new opportunity. You can build on yesterday's success or put its failures behind and start over again.”

    Throughout the year, we worked to apply that philosophy to our blog posts. Whether we highlighted new coping tools to help you or your loved one recover from a traumatic brain injury (TBI), different techniques to help surmount posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD), or more effective treatments, therapies and practices, the DCoE Blog team strived to feature important information for you and your family.

  • Virtual Hope Box Mobile App Grows in Popularity
    Click to learn more about the Virtual Hope Box mobile application

    A free smartphone app that helps people in crisis remember good things in their lives has been downloaded 13,000 times in the past six months, according to data from app stores.

    That’s good news for experts at the National Center for Telehealth & Technology (T2), which developed the Virtual Hope Box app to help users manage stress. The user-friendly app contains sections for relaxation, games for distraction and inspiring quotes. Users can upload photographs, music and messages to themselves about coping with particular challenges.

  • Navy Petty Officer Considers Suicide
    A man looks down from the Duke Ellington Bridge in Washington, D.C.
    DoD photo by EJ Hersom

    This news feature by Shannon Collins, DoD News Features, Defense Media Activity, is the first in a four-part series about Navy Petty Officer 1st Class Jason Thompson, who attempted suicide and shares his difficult story.

    This month is Suicide Prevention Month, and Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel has said preventing military suicides is one of the Defense Department’s highest priorities.

    “As we observe Suicide Prevention Month,” he said in a message to the department’s workforce, “we must rededicate ourselves to actively working not only every month, but every day to fulfill our collective responsibility to watch out for each other and take care of each other.”

  • Signs of Suicide: How to Help
    Searching for Answers: A panel review of Army Reserve suicides
    Two of the leading causes of U.S. Army Reserve suicides in 2013 were due to relationship issues and problems with finances. (U.S. Army photo by Timothy L. Hale)

    Suicide Prevention Month, observed in September, provides an opportunity for us to increase our knowledge and understanding of risk factors associated with suicidal behavior and how to help someone in crisis.

    Suicide is the deliberate taking of one’s own life. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s most recent statistics, suicide is the 10th leading cause of death in the United States and accounts for nearly 40,000 deaths each year.

    Yet, most of us don’t realize that if we knew what to look for, we might help prevent a suicide from happening. For example, friends or loved ones who may be thinking about suicide may show symptoms of depression or anxiety, struggle with self-esteem issues or substance abuse, or withdraw from family and friends.