Blue Star Families (BSF), widely known for initiatives to better understand and support military families, recently launched an extensive diversity effort, the BSF Racial Equity & Inclusion (REI) Initiative. This post provides a brief introduction to one of the BSF REI’s first products, a study of the experiences of service members, Veterans, and families of color. Links to access additional information about the study and the larger BSF REI Initiative are provided.
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Take a moment and think about the ways you prepare for emergency situations in your personal life. Various activities might come to mind, like stocking up on essentials at the grocery store when a major storm is about to blow through your community. Perhaps you imagine gathering phone numbers and contact information for loved ones and providers that serve you or your family members, imagining a scenario in which hard news needs to be communicated or individuals found for support. Whatever the emergency that came to mind, it is likely that you thought of your readiness to respond; use of information, tangible resources, or products; and/or connection with others.
Are you a member of Division 19? Division 19 of the American Psychological Association is the Society for Military Psychology and is one of the original divisions of APA having been established in 1945 as a charter division. If you are a military psychologist or someone who works with service members, veterans or military families I highly encourage you to take a look at all that Division 19 does for military psychology and has to offer its members.
The interest in virtual treatment options has never been stronger than it is right now. Not only are virtual treatment options more convenient in regards to time and location, but they also mitigate the risk of exposure in the era of COVID-19. Unsurprisingly, research and scholarly writing in the areas of telehealth and mobile apps has skyrocketed in the past two years. This has included interest in flexible treatment options for insomnia disorder.
Since 2000 over 449,000 service members have had at least one documented TBI, of which approximately 82% are mild (Traumatic Brain Injury Center of Excellence, 2021). These injuries occur as part of mission-related activities while in-theater or during training exercises or as part of recreational activities. Many patients report experiencing headaches, memory and concentration issues, changes in mood, and increased irritability, depression, anxiety, and sleep problems (Mayo Clinic Staff, 2021).