Psychological Health and Traumatic Brain Injury in the News

  • Calming horses provide comfort for Ohio veterans, AP — 10/28/2013

    "I would come up here and bring 30 pounds of apples every Sunday, cut them up and walk around and feed all the horses," said Kuhn, 30, who now acknowledges he suffered from the after-effects of war - post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) - for years after he finished his enlistment in 2005.

  • AUSA draws large crowds, cool items , Stars and Stripes — 10/28/2013

    In addition to the standard fare of military items, there were also resources available for veterans looking for jobs and help with PTSD. Active-duty servicemembers could check out programs for pets and their families.

  • 376 EMDG teaches mental fitness skills, DVIDS — 10/28/2013

    Staying fit is a requirement for service members, but that includes more than regular visits to the gym. While physical training can keep a slim waist and a passing score on the physical fitness test, strengthening mental fitness can affect all aspects of a person's life.

  • Veterans Marching To Raise Awareness Of Solider Suicide, CBS Minnesota — 10/25/2013

    Two combat medics who recently served in Iraq and Afghanistan plan to march 23 miles with other veterans through Minneapolis and St. Paul Friday to raise awareness that nearly two dozen soldiers die each day by suicide.

  • MLB contingent visits wounded veterans, MLB.com — 10/25/2013

    After Game 1 of the 109th World Series was dedicated to military veterans and their families, Major League Baseball continued to drive home awareness Thursday afternoon with an event that drew Commissioner Bud Selig, Red Sox chairman Tom Werner, Hall of Famer Jim Rice, Red Sox legends and other dignitaries to the Spaulding Rehabilitation Hospital.

  • Invisible Wounds: TBI affects service members at war, home, DVIDS — 10/25/2013

    Within the Department of Defense, 280,734 service members have suffered Traumatic Brain Injury since 2000. TBI has been referred to as an invisible wound many service members suffer as a result of war.

  • Investigating A Suicide In The Military, Forbes — 10/25/2013

    Last week, I wrote a story for Al Jazeera America about how some parents use military records to investigate the suicide deaths of their service member children. This can be a common experience for survivors who want more information about what factors may have contributed to the suicide.

  • The courage to seek help for depression, Fort Bliss Bugle — 10/24/2013

    If left untreated depression may lead to other complicated medical conditions. It takes courage to seek help and the Army is committed to decreasing stigma associated with seeking help for depression.

  • Seminar for veterans to be held Saturday in Brentwood, San Jose Mercury News — 10/24/2013

    "For a lot of (veterans), the problem is that you leave the military and are out-processed so quickly, they don't tell you what will happen in the future," said Steve Todd, commander of the Brentwood VFW Post. One group of veterans that can benefit is those who suffer from post-traumatic stress disorder, but don't know they can get help by getting into the hospital system, he said.

  • New Research Supports The Mental Health Benefits Of Massage Therapy, BioPortfolio — 10/24/2013

    To mark National Massage Therapy Awareness Week (NMTAW), October 20-26, the American Massage Therapy Association (AMTA) has compiled research that suggests symptoms of stress, anxiety and depression (all associated with mental health) may be alleviated with massage therapy.

  • Blue Star Mothers host SC vets' stress discussion, Lexington Herald-Leader — 10/24/2013

    The Midlands chapter of Blue Star Mothers of America is holding a discussion about post-traumatic stress disorder among military veterans. Thursday's scheduled event is to be held at the Cayce Memorial Post 130 of the American Legion in Cayce at 6 p.m. The event is free and open to the public.

  • Real Warriors Program Aims to Help Troops, Spouses Help Themselves, DefenseNews.com — 10/23/2013

    An Army program aimed at getting soldiers and their spouses to seek help for behavioral health problems showcased its online portal for resources and videos that tell the stories of “real warriors.” The Real Warriors Campaign’s video, played today at the Association of the U.S. Army’s annual convention in Washington, D.C., showed service members of various ranks and spouses talked about the difficulties of readjusting after a war zone deployment.

  • Resiliency: The ability to 'bounce back' , Whiteman Air Force Base — 10/22/2013

    When we talk about "resiliency," we are really talking about the ability to rebound, springing back or bounce back after being stretched or stressed. The names mentioned above are stories of individuals who were placed in very difficult circumstances in life that stressed and stretched them beyond belief. Yet, they somehow found a way to bounce back.

  • Mixed martial arts fundraiser for military PTSD, News Channel 5 — 10/22/2013

     "After the second deployment he was a different kid and he struggled with anger and frustration," said Ricci. "Handling everyday complications became difficult for him." Ricci says one of the ways Muffler coped was competing in mixed martial arts, one of his passions.

  • Depression is Treatable, Military.com — 10/22/2013

    If you are concerned about yourself or a loved one, visit Military Pathways at www.militarymentalhealth.org/ to take a free, anonymous, online self-assessment for common mental health conditions such as depression, posttraumatic stress disorder or generalized anxiety disorder.

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