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Mental Health Care

Mental health, or psychological health, encompasses the well-being of mind, body and spirit and contributes to overall health and resilience. Throughout the military community, additional stressors placed on individuals and families adds to the importance of maintaining awareness of internal and external demands on health and of the many resources available to support psychological health.

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Signs of Distress

Some signs of distress could include:

  • Drinking more heavily than normal
  • Agitation or anger
  • Withdrawing from families and friends
  • Difficulty concentrating
  • Sadness or depression

Many of these tips may seem like common sense, but when faced with challenging life situations these things are often the first things that get neglected.

When psychological health is neglected and mental health concerns arise, it is natural to deny there's anything wrong. Sometimes the last person to recognize symptoms is the one who needs help, so it's important to recognize symptoms in friends, loved ones or oneself and to say something.

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DoD Instruction 6490.04: Mental Health Evaluations of Members of the Military Services

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Reissues DoD Instruction 6490.4 (Reference (b)), establishing policy, assigning responsibilities, and prescribing procedures for the referral, evaluation, treatment, and medical and command management of Service members who may require assessment for mental health issues, psychiatric hospitalization, and risk of imminent or potential danger to self or others.

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  • Date: 4/3/2013
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Update on DoD Mental Health Policies and Programs

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11/27/2012

Defense Health Board Update on DoD Mental Health Policies and Programs

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Management of Traumatic Brain Injury in Tactical Combat Casualty Care

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7/26/2012

Defense Health Board: Management of Traumatic Brain Injury in Tactical Combat Casualty Care

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Omega 3 Fats Physical and Mental Health Benefits

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11/14/2011

Omega 3 Fats Physical and Mental Health Benefits briefing presented to the Defense Health Board Nov. 14, 2011

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DoD Instruction 6490.08: Command Notification Requirements to Dispel Stigma in Providing Mental Health Care to Service Members

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This instruction provides guidance for balance between patient confidentiality rights and the commander’s right to know for operation and risk management decisions.

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  • Date: 8/17/2011
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DoD Psychotropic Medication Prescription Practices and Complementary Alternative Medicine Use

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6/1/2011

Defense Health Board: DoD Psychotropic Medication Prescription Practices and Complementary Alternative Medicine Use

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Psychiatric Medications and Complementary and Alternative Medical Treatments

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Psychiatric Medications and Complementary and Alternative Medical Treatments briefing presented to the Defense Health Board Aug. 18, 2010

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Mental Health Assessments for Members of the Armed Forces Deployed in Connection with a Contingency Operation

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Metrics for DoD Mental Health Preclinical Program Effectiveness and Clinical Program Outcomes

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Defense Health Board: Metrics for DoD Mental Health Preclinical Program Effectiveness and Clinical Program Outcomes

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Army Behavioral Health Integrated Data Environment

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Army Behavioral Health Integrated Data Environment briefing presented to the Defense Health Board May 11, 2010

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Handout on Managing Suicide Risk in Primary Care Practice for Behavioral Health Consultants

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Handout on Managing Suicide Risk in Primary Care Practice for Behavioral Health Consultants briefing presented to the Defense Health Board March 11, 2010

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Military Culture Mental Health Stigma and new approaches to Mental Health Service Delivery

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Summary of Key Findings from the Mental Health Advisory Team 6 OEF and OIF

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1/15/2010

Summary of Key Findings from the Mental Health Advisory Team 6 OEF and OIF presented to the Defense Health Board January 15, 2010

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Overview of International Military Health Issues and Information Brief Afghanistan Health Sector

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11/12/2009

Overview of International Military Health Issues and Information Brief Afghanistan Health Sector presented to the Defense Health Board Nov. 12, 2009

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Report of the Department of Defense Task Force on Mental Heath

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6/1/2007

Defense Health Board: Report of the Department of Defense Task Force on Mental Heath

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