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.
As we wrap up another week, it’s time for the latest batch of news from around the CDP. Several of our staff spent the week in Salt Lake City for the latest version of our 1-week training course, “Addressing the Psychological Health of Warriors and Their Families.” Big thanks to them and all of the participants for a great session!
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.
That's the percentage of noncombat firearm-related deaths between 2002 and 2011 identified as suicides, among servicemembers ages 30 and older, according to data in the September issue of the Armed Forces Health Surveillance Center's Medical Surveillance Monthly Report.