Psychological Health and Traumatic Brain Injury in the News

  • Fort Campbell to host UFC's 'Fight for the Troops 3' Wednesday, The Tennessean — 11/07/2013

    Proceeds are being used to benefit the Intrepid Fallen Heroes Fund and particularly the National Intrepid Centers of Excellence (NICoE), including the new NICoE facility being built at Fort Campbell for the treatment of military personnel and veterans suffering from traumatic brain injury and psychological health issues such as post-traumatic stress.

  • Civilians Meet Military's Psych Epidemic, MedPage Today — 11/07/2013

    A Civilian Medical Resources Network (CMRN) uses phone counseling and telemedicine to address the growing epidemic of mental and physical health problems among military personnel, say researchers.

  • Marine Writes About Trying To Get Help After Suicide Attempt, Forbes — 11/06/2013

    In an eloquent, moving post for the New York Times‘ At War blog, Thomas James Brennan, a retired Marine Corps sergeant, writes about his suicide attempt. Though we hear a lot about service members and veterans who die by suicide, it’s rare that we get such an intimate glimpse into the mindset of someone who attempted to take his or her own life, and the circumstances shaping that moment.

  • Give an Hour to Launch on Helpouts by Google, BioPortfolio — 11/06/2013

    Helpouts by Google is a way for individuals anywhere in the world to connect with experts via live video. Experts will be available in a wide range of categories and Give an Hour will bring a network of licensed mental health professionals to the platform. Within Helpouts, individuals can book on-demand video sessions or schedule sessions in advance.

  • Combat veteran to speak on life after war, San Diego Union-Tribune — 11/06/2013

    Author and TV commentator Lt. Col. Jay Kopelman, a 21-year veteran of the Marine Corps, who deployed to Iraq to train the Iraqi Special Forces, will speak on “Re-Entry: The Combat Veteran & Reconnecting Upon Return.” Kopelman, served with the 1st Marine Expeditionary Force in 2004 and was assigned as liaison officer to an Iraqi Army battalion to fight insurgents for control of the city of Fallujah.

  • 9 simple ways you can help veterans , CNN — 11/06/2013

    Those severely injured may need to learn how to live with the loss of a limb or limited mobility. For others, brain injuries or post-traumatic stress disorder can make the return to civilian life a struggle. Here are nine simple things you can do to make a difference on Veterans Day -- or any day -- for the more than 23 million American veterans:

  • Suzanne Manafort: Bringing Mindful Yoga Therapy to Veterans , Huffington Post — 11/05/2013

    What keeps me motivated is the successful results that the yoga practices have with men and women with PTS. Watching their progress and witnessing people stepping back into their lives is a true gift.

  • Healing Art Therapy Helps PTSD, About.com — 11/05/2013

    I am a Veteran who was diagnosed with PTSD due to MST... no matter what I did or how hard I tried, I could not move past being stuck or scared! Healing Art Therapy helps me to focus on the good that is within me while tuning out the negative thoughts and emotions.

  • Anxiety Disorders on the Rise in the Ranks, Time — 11/05/2013

    After more than a decade of inconclusive wars, accompanied by spikes in post-traumatic stress disorder, traumatic brain injuries and suicides, coming atop deepening defense-budget cuts, it’s no wonder the average GI Joe or GI Jane is feeling more nervous than ever. On Monday the Pentagon confirmed it: the rate of reported anxiety disorders among U.S. troops jumped 327% between 2000 and 2012.

  • War is never just 'over there', Milwaukee, Wisconsin Journal Sentinel — 11/04/2013

    As we approach Veterans Day on Nov. 11, it's a good time to stop and think about the impact of wars in general. Specifically, what is life like for our veterans when they return home and try to reclaim the lives they left behind? What we now know as post-traumatic stress disorder has been around a long time. After World War I, some veterans returned with psychological trauma labeled "shell shock."

  • Trail therapy: Vets find peace 'walking off war' on epic Appalachian hike, Army Times — 11/04/2013

    The Veterans Affairs Department says 20 percent of returning veterans have post-traumatic stress. Instead of throwing medication at the problem, one group of veterans turned to the Appalachian Trail for a decidedly different therapeutic regimen.

  • Suicide in the Armed Forces: Not a Disgrace , American Thinker — 11/04/2013

     The suicide rate for active-duty Service members, spouses, and veterans has increased since 2001.  The major problem is that suicides were not tracked efficiently, so it is hard to get a grip on the why, the how, and the needed treatment.  American Thinker interviewed those who have studied this issue as well as some who have attempted suicide.

  • Suicide hotline: Get connected, get help, live now, DVIDS — 11/04/2013

    YONGSAN, Republic of Korea – Suicide is a stigma in our society. Service members and Department of Defense civilians attend training to inform them of the signs of suicidal thoughts and behavior in their co-workers. Those slideshows and speeches are making headway in pushing back the enigmatic fog that people have about suicide. There's something else being done to combat suicides in the military community. It's as easy as picking up the phone.

  • Heartbreaking HBO Documentary Sheds Light On The Hidden Cost Of War, Business Insider — 11/04/2013

    That's just one of many heartbreaking statistics found in "Crisis Hotline: Veterans Press 1," a new HBO documentary which profiles the people working behind the scenes to help veterans and active-duty military members in their darkest hours. The New York-based Crisis Hotline call center receives more than 22,000 calls each month, and the short film highlights some of the responders taking the calls.

  • ‘Thank You for Your Service’ explores the terrible wounds of our war on terror , The Buffalo News — 11/04/2013

    Adam and Saskia Schumann have unrelenting screaming matches, brought on by Adam’s depression and dysfunctional relationship with his family and Saskia’s frustration with his PTSD and their financial woes.

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