On Tuesday, June 2, we hosted a DoDLive Bloggers Roundtable with director of the Defense Centers of Excellence for Psychological Health and Traumatic Brain Injury (DCoE) Navy Capt. Richard Stoltz.
According to the Military Health System, “mental health, or psychological health, encompasses the well-being of mind, body and spirit and contributes to overall health and resilience.” Capt. Stoltz discussed how concerns affecting the functioning, readiness and optimal health of our nation’s returning service members and their families have led military leadership to search for answers to improve understanding, diagnosis, treatment and prevention of post-traumatic stress disorder and TBIs. He also talked about DCoE’s crowdsourcing challenge, the DCoE Mental Health & TBI Care Challenge.
TBI is a significant health issue that affects service members and veterans. The high rate of TBI and blast-related concussion events resulting from current combat operations directly affects the health and safety of individual service members and subsequently the level of unit readiness and troop retention. However, the vast majority of service members and veterans experience these injuries in a non-deployed setting, due to the nature of their training or participation in sports and leisure activities.
PTSD is an anxiety disorder that can occur after experiencing a traumatic event. Anyone who experiences a life-threatening event can develop PTSD. These events can include combat or military exposure, sexual or physical abuse, terrorist attacks and natural disasters.
Capt. Stoltz is responsible for the work of DCoE headquarters and centers, the Defense and Veterans Brain Injury Center, the Deployment Health Clinical Center and the National Center for Telehealth and Technology, and a combined mission to improve the lives of our nation’s service members, families and veterans by advancing excellence in psychological health and TBI prevention and care.
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