Mental Health Awareness Month – May 2017

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National Mental Health Awareness Month

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. This month, the Military Health System, as well as agencies and leaders across the Defense Department (DoD) are emphasizing the importance of mental health and sharing mental health resources available to our military communities.

Mental health, or psychological health, encompasses the well-being of mind, body and spirit, and contributes to overall health and resilience. Concerns affecting the functioning, readiness and optimal health of our nation’s returning service members and their families (i.e., adjustment, depression, post-traumatic stress, anxiety, and substance misuse) have caused military leadership to search for answers to improve understanding, diagnosis, treatment and prevention.

Help Us Share the Message

For Mental Health Awareness Month, the Deployment Health Clinical Center will share weekly posts to help you understand the psychological science behind military truisms, jargon and lore. We’ll highlight a variety of military slang that you’ve heard and what they really mean. Stay connected to find out all this and more in May!

We hope you’ll open your mind and follow us this month on Facebook and at Twitter #MilPsychJargon

Check back here on the dates below to see our latest updates!