DCoE Blog

  • 5 Steps to Take Charge of Your Mental Health
    U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Trevor Kohlrus

    Medical check-ups allow you to monitor your physical well-being; however, your health care shouldn’t stop there. How often do you check on your mental health? If not so often, here are five steps to help you take charge of your mental health.

    Step 1: Look for Mental Health Providers

    Finding the right mental health provider can be a challenge. The Defense Center of Excellence for Psychological Health and Traumatic Brain Injury (DCoE) Outreach Center can help you get started. Professionals are available 24/7 by phone at 866-966-1020, online chat or email to listen to your questions and connect you with a specialist in your area of need.  

  • Experts Discuss How Brain Injury Affects Communication Skills
    U.S. Navy photo by Jason Bortz

    How a service member communicates with others can change after a traumatic brain injury (TBI).

    “People with TBI speak better than they communicate,” said Linda Picon, Department of Veterans Affairs senior consultant and liaison for TBI at the Defense Centers of Excellence for Psychological Health and Traumatic Brain Injury.

    Picon and Inbal Eshel, Defense and Veterans Brain Injury Center senior principal scientist, are a duo with more than 35 years of experience studying and treating TBI patients. They shared with us how TBI can cause communication disorders.

  • How to Walk Away from Tobacco
    Image  of used cigarettes.
    U.S. Army photo by Rachel Larue

    Quitting tobacco is hard. In fact, it’s common for people to relapse several times before kicking the habit completely. Whether your preference is lighting a cigarette or using a smokeless variety, tobacco can be difficult to part with.

    As bad habits go, smoking is pretty common: More than 15 percent of Americans use cigarettes.

    Quitting can have huge benefits for your health. Those who stop smoking experience lower blood pressure, reduce coughing and phlegm, and decrease their risk of cancer and heart disease.

  • These 6 Tools Can Help You Manage Your Mental Health
    Man doing knee bends, man meditating, and man reading.
    U.S. Air Force illustration by Airman 1st Class Destinee Dougherty

    Mental health is an important part of our overall wellness. Defense Centers of Excellence for Psychological Health and Traumatic Brain Injury (DCoE) offers many tools for helping you keep yours in good shape.

    Whether you are looking to improve your own mental health, or find tools to help your spouse or children, DCoE has a resource ready to help.

     

  • Managing Suicide Risk, Access to Firearms: Guidelines for Providers
    Grahpic with text "Firearms are the most common method of suicide among active-duty personnel.  Approximately 64 percent of suidcides in 21014 were by personally owned firearms.
    Graphic courtesy of Deployment Health Clinical Center.

    Suicide is a sensitive topic, and discussing the ways people take their own lives can be extremely difficult. It is important that providers are aware of and able to openly discuss guidelines for managing suicide. In this recent Deployment Clinical Health Center blog, Navy Lt. Marcus Van Sickle answers questions related to firearm access and suicide.

    I have a patient who may be at risk for suicide and I know the patient owns a gun. What can I do?

  • How to Stay the Course for Good Mental Health

    "Whatever is worth doing at all, is worth doing well."
    - Philip Stanhope

    Man in battle dress fatigues clutching hair in frustration
    U.S. Air Force illustration by Airman 1st Class Destinee Dougherty

    Seeking help and committing to treatment for a mental health challenge is one of the best investments you can make. Yet treatment is rarely quick or simple. It demands your time, energy and attention, which can be draining or discouraging.

    If you feel treatment isn’t helping, you may consider giving up on medication or therapy, or even decide that you don’t need them at all. But before you throw in the towel, consider these facts about mental health treatment.

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