Deployment Psychology Blog

Staff Voices: Mental Health Providers and the Recruitment Process

People both within the DoD and in the civilian community sometimes wonder if mental health providers become involved with military recruiting.  What do they do, exactly?  Does the job of recruiting really need full time mental health providers involved?

In fact, all military branches have mental health providers involved with recruiting commands to work with the organizations and assist recruiters with the high demands of their jobs.  In the past, recruiting duty was considered one of the highest risk jobs for mental health issues and suicides.  Mental health providers embedded with this community have assisted the organization with improving the recruiting environment and helping the DoD put forward the best people for the job.

October 25, 2012: Research Update

The CDP's weekly research update contains the latest news, journal articles and useful links from around the web. Some of this week's topics include:
• Combat Exposure and Suicide Risk in Two Samples of Military Personnel.

Staff Voices: The American Red Cross - Supporting America's Military Families

I will never forget the moment on March 8, 2006 when I was sitting in my B-Hut (Barracks Hut) in Afghanistan and opened an e-mail from my brother informing me that my mother had just experienced a medical emergency and was in the hospital in critical condition.  I was beside myself!  I was halfway around the world from my family, in a deployed location feeling very lonely, overwhelmed, and unable to help.  I honestly did not know where to start or what to do.  Thankfully, my First Sergeant told me that he was going to contact the American Red Cross for assistance.