23 February, 2011

End Stigma. Prevent Suicide.

Suspected suicides in the Army reached a record high in 2010; even more troubling, suicide totals increased among Army reservists and more than doubled among Army national guardsmen. The heavy stigma associated with seeking care for mental health issues, depression or relationship problems, and the often-negative results of doing so, continue to be major obstacles that can lead to more serious problems or even suicide...

Invisible Wounds Psychological and Neurological Injuries Confront a New Generation of Veterans

As early as 1919, doctors began to track a psychological condition among
combat veterans of World War I known as “shell shock." Veterans were
suffering from symptoms such as fatigue and anxiety, but science could
offer little in the way of effective treatment. Although there remains much
more to learn, our understanding of war’s invisible wounds has dramatically
improved. Thanks to modern screening and treatment, we have an
unprecedented opportunity to respond immediately and effectively to the
veterans’ mental health crisis.....