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“As PTSD cases surge, Army overhauling mental health services”

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This April 11, 2015 article found on the Seattle Times website talks about efforts being made to not only reduce the stigma that soldiers face with regards to seeking mental health care, but also attempting to learn from what has worked or not worked throughout the war in Iraq when it comes to how to better treat combat related stress disorders more effectively.

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“Emotional toll taxes military drone operators too”

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This September 29, 2014 The Sentinel article on the cumberlink.com website talks about the mental impact that operators of drone missions are experiencing.  The mental health issues being seen include depression, anxiety and even PTSD in some operators.  The military has started to attach psychologists and chaplains to drone units in addition to adjusting the shifts worked by the operators in an effort to decrease the impact missions have on them.  The article indicates that what is seen by the operators is more than “just a video game” and can create moral injuries in addition to mental injuries the same as combat on the front lines of battle can produce.

Regions of the brain affected by PTSD and stress.

Regions of the brain affected by PTSD and stress. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

“‘We Must Do Better Job of Assessing the Mental Well Being of Service Members'”

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This May 7, 2014 Insurance Net article talks about not only the need for the military to improve the mental health screening of military personal, but also describes some of what is being done in this area.  there is also a video linked

SALUTE TO OUR MILITARY PARADE, Fairbanks, Alaska

SALUTE TO OUR MILITARY PARADE, Fairbanks, Alaska (Photo credit: Fort Wainwright Public Affairs Office)

within the article of the discussion during a DOD meeting.

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PAMHI 2013 in review

English: Sydney Opera House

English: Sydney Opera House (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

 

The WordPress.com stats helper monkeys prepared a 2013 annual report for this blog.

 

 

Here’s an excerpt:

 

The concert hall at the Sydney Opera House holds 2,700 people. This blog was viewed about 9,600 times in 2013. If it were a concert at Sydney Opera House, it would take about 4 sold-out performances for that many people to see it.

 

Click here to see the complete report.

 

“Congressmen: Bill would help break down barriers to mental health care”

HONOLULU (May 22, 2010) Sailors from various c...

HONOLULU (May 22, 2010) Sailors from various commands march on Kalakaua Ave. during the Aloha to the Military Ohana celebration and parade. The event was organized to honor active duty military, reservists, wounded warriors, military retirees and veterans of other campaigns and was hosted by the United Service Organization Hawaii, BAE Systems, TriWest Health Care Alliance and the City and County of Honolulu. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Mark Logico/Released) (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

 

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This May 27, 2013 article, on the Centre Daily Times website,  talks about some of the issues surrounding suicide among military personnel among both those in Active Duty and those who are Veterans

 

 

“Combat Paper allows veterans to ‘deconstruct, reclaim and communicate'”

English: Papermaking by hand. Woodcut.

English: Papermaking by hand. Woodcut. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

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This November 11, 2012 article on the LehighValleyLive.com website talks about a program to help military Veterans through paper making, using their old uniforms to make the paper.

“Patrick Kennedy focuses on ‘invisible wound'”

, member of the United States House of Represe...

, member of the United States House of Representatives. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

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This November 8, 2012 article on the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette website talks about Patrick Kennedy’s presentation at the American Psychiatric Nurses Association annual meeting in Pittsburgh.

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