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What innovations or ideas can continue to address mental health needs in the military?

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Posted Date: 05/09/2016

In recognition of National Mental Health Awareness Month, HDIAC is asking readers to consider mental health needs of service members. According to the National Center for Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, recurrent nightmares can become debilitating, and a new app might help combat nightmares associated with PTSD. What other innovations or ideas can continue to address mental health needs in the military?

Since 1949, May has been observed as National Mental Health Awareness Month, an opportunity to bring about greater awareness of psychological health concerns and conditions, to offer support for those who are living with these conditions, and to promote increased access to care and treatment. (Image courtesy of Military Health Systems)


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Since 1949, the month of May has been nationally recognized as Mental Health Month. This campaign is an opportunity to educate about mental wellness and support resources or techniques to manage side effects, as well as eliminate stigma for individuals who are seeking or need mental healthcare.

Increasing awareness is a huge step towards early detection before depression worsens and leads to suicidal tendencies; also, this Mental Health Month campaign highlights multiple agencies that offer informational resources and relief services, such as the DCoE (Defense Centers of Excellence for Psychological Health and Traumatic Brain Injury)’s monthly webinars and military sponsored crises lines. Technology advancements are also playing a big role in mental health, such as mobile apps like Breathe2Relax and PE Coach that can be used as tools to help with symptom reduction of mental illnesses.

As long as we increase awareness and promote research for mental and overall health, the greater likelihood of mitigating mental disorders and symptoms.