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  • 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.”

  • Living with Depression: How to Cope with Symptoms
    Graphic by Sidney R. Hinds III, Defense Centers of Excellence for Psychological Health & Traumatic Brain Injury

    Living with depression can make your daily life challenging. Fortunately, there are plenty of ways you can safely deal with depression to help minimize the effect it may have on your life.

    Contacting a provider is always a good first step if you are living with depression. Beyond that, consider different approaches that can help with your depression symptoms.

    • Stay active – When you have depression, you may feel a lack of motivation to engage in physical activity. You may also feel tempted to eat foods high in sugars or fats for the temporary rush they can offer. Unfortunately, not taking care of your body can compound the negative effects depression has on your mind.

     

  • Depression: Myths, Facts Backed Up By Numbers
    Graphic with text: Depression is caused by a combination of genetic, biological, environmental, and psychological factors.
    Graphic courtesy of Deployment Health Clinical Center

    The new statistics for depression are in, and they may surprise you. Getting educated about depression is important. Take a look at these myths and facts to better understand depression, and how to approach it if you or someone you know is struggling.

    • Myth: Depression is not a wide spread issue in America.

    Fact: 6.7 percent of adults ages 18 or older had a major depressive episode in 2016, according to the National Survey on Drug Use and Health.

  • Transgender Care: Understanding People to Deliver Better Care
    Word art in the shape of a transgender symbol with the prominent words being gender, transgender, health and healthcare
    Graphic by Sidney R. Hinds III, Defense Centers of Excellence for Psychological Heath & Traumatic Brain Injury

    More than one million adults in the U.S. identify as transgender. Of those, an estimated 2,450 transgender individuals serve an active-duty role in the U.S. military.

    In order to give adequate, culturally sensitive care to these individuals, providers must understand unique stressors of the transgender experience.

    Holly O’Reilly, a clinical psychologist with the Deployment Health Clinical Center (DHCC), discussed these stressors and care options for transgender service members at the 2017 Defense Centers of Excellence for Psychological Health and Traumatic Brain Injury annual summit.

     

  • In Case You Missed It: #DCoESummit17
    Summit banner
    Graphic courtesy of Defense Centers of Excellence for Psychological Health and Traumatic Brain Injury

    The Defense Centers of Excellence for Psychological Health and Traumatic Brain Injury (DCoE) hosted the 2017 DCoE Summit, “Advances in the State of the Sciences and Best Practices” Sept. 19 -21. Attendees, presenters and panelists from around the world joined live, virtual discussions about scientific advances and best practices in psychological health and traumatic brain injury (TBI).

    The annual event provided real-time access to more than 28 hours of programming each day. The virtual platform allowed more than 2,611 registrants to view the various sessions.

  • Prevention and Intervention: Suicide
    I’m Good. But are you ready to listen? (Veterans Health Administration (VHA))

    This article is the final installment in a three-part series from the Defense Centers of Excellence for Psychological Health and Traumatic Brain Injury (DCoE) on helping the loved ones of service members identify the signs of brain injury and mental health issues.

    Everyone can benefit from honest conversations about mental health and suicide. Just one conversation may save someone’s life. DCoE is dedicated to suicide prevention efforts, and connecting the military community to the best resources available.

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