Initiatives to Assist TBI, PTSD Sufferers

Department Of Defense
June 16, 2009
Initiatives to Assist Servicemembers with TBI, PTSD and Substance Use Disorders

Defense Centers of Excellence The Defense Centers of Excellence for Psychological Health and Traumatic Brain Injury (DCoE) is one of many parts of the Department of Defense (DoD) that is undertaking initiatives to promote the prevention, early identification and treatment of post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), traumatic brain injury (TBI) and substance use disorders.


The DCoE Real Warriors Campaign is designed to combat stigma and support servicemembers and their families in getting needed help to deal with psychological health concerns and TBI. The campaign spotlights warriors who have the courage to step forward to seek help and demonstrate resilience in overcoming their challenges.  Army Battlemind is a training series applied throughout all phases of deployment, designed to provide soldiers with the inner strength to face fear and adversity with courage.  Air Force Landing Gear promotes education, symptom recognition, and help-seeking behaviors to increase the rate at which traumatic stress symptoms are identified in airmen.  Marine Corps Combat Operational Stress Control provides strategies that leaders use to strengthen, mitigate, identify, treat and reintegrate Marines back into their units. Strengthening occurs prior to deployment; mitigation occurs during deployment; and identification occurs throughout the deployment cycle.  DoD Suicide Prevention and Risk Reduction Committee provides a centralized structure and forum that facilitates collaboration among services, the Department of Veterans Affairs, other federal partners, and subject matter experts. The committee’s goals are to advance practice and science and promote effective DoD system-wide policy and services.


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