Tuesday, August 18, 2009

Mental Stress Training Is Planned for U.S. Soldiers

This sounds promising and way overdue!

Published: August 17, 2009

Here's a blurb: "The Army plans to require that all 1.1 million of its soldiers take intensive training in emotional resiliency, military officials say.

The training, the first of its kind in the military, is meant to improve performance in combat and head off the mental health problems, including depression, post-traumatic stress disorder and suicide, that plague about one-fifth of troops returning from Afghanistan and Iraq.

Active-duty soldiers, reservists and members of the National Guard will receive the training, which will also be available to their family members and to civilian employees."


1 comment:

Anonymous said...

Related to this, check out the current episode of the Living Proof Podcast series which discusses Veterans and PTSD. "Dr. Charles Figley discusses the mental health and support needs of veterans and their families. Dr. Figley calls for a change in the way we conceptualize the deleterious psychological effects of combat on soldiers, from stress disorder to stress injury."