Clinician's Corner Blog

A PHCoE blog series written by leaders, clinicians and experts on current topics of interest for psychological health care providers in the Military Health System.

  • inTransition: Helping Service Members Connect to Confidential VA Mental Health Counseling for Sexual Trauma July 22, 2019

    Did you know that service members, including members of the National Guard and reserves on active duty, can access confidential sexual assault-related counseling services through the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) Vet Centers without a referral from Tricare or a military treatment facility?

  • 2017 DoD Suicide Event Report: Key Findings about Suicidal Behaviors among Service Members July 17, 2019

    The Department of Defense (DoD) today released its annual report on the occurrence of suicide in the military for calendar year 2017. The 2017 DoD Suicide Event Report (DoDSER) Annual Report contains official suicide death counts and rates for the U.S. military, identified suicide attempts, and adjusted rates of suicide, which allow for comparisons between military components (active duty, reserves, National Guard) and the U.S. adult population.

  • Resources for Military Members Before, During, and Following a Hurricane July 12, 2019

    Tropical storm Barry is expected to become a hurricane and make landfall on Saturday. Service members and their families living in Louisiana and other regions of the Gulf Coast may experience challenges related to the extreme weather. While it is always hard to predict just how impactful these storms will be, quick access to emergency preparedness and response resources can make a critical difference and providers and commands should encourage service members, veterans, and families to leverage all available resources.

  • Reducing Military Mental Health Stigma to Improve Treatment Engagement: Guidance for Clinicians July 8, 2019

    Stigma is associated with negative attitudes about psychological health care and poses a significant barrier to seeking help, engaging in care, and completing psychological health treatment.

  • Understanding Combat and Operational Stress Reactions June 24, 2019

    Combat and military operations are inherently stressful. Service members train hard to prepare mentally and physically for deployment, but they cannot completely avoid the stressors associated with serving. Be it lack of sleep, physical stress, exposure to extreme environmental conditions, or bearing witness to potentially traumatic events, service members will face a wide array of combat and operational stressors. As one might expect, these experiences can be very impactful, resulting in a broad spectrum of reactions.

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