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Moving Mental Health "Left of Bang"

Whenever there’s an incident involving deadly force in the military, a review is conducted afterward. Looking at the timeline of events leading up to the incident, reviewers try to figure out how they could have intervened earlier to prevent the event — in military slang, they want to know how they could have gotten “left of bang.”

How Mobile Apps Can Help With Your Therapy

If you're receiving counseling, at some point your health care provider may ask you to consider using a mobile app to help with your therapy. Amanda Edwards-Stewart, the program lead for innovations at the Defense Department’s National Center for Telehealth & Technology (T2), is also a board-certified clinical psychologist who uses apps with military patients. She sat down with us to share why she thinks mobile apps can be helpful, and how they can help people manage challenges like anxiety, anger and depression.

Hashtags for Health: 5 Ways to Use Social Media for Health Promotion

Air Force provider checks vitals on an airman.

I am a reluctant newcomer to Twitter. Like many in my age bracket, I found it overwhelming and annoying at first glance. However, I’ve grudgingly become a regular user and now I think of tweeting as an additional opportunity to reach our health care teams and beneficiaries.

There’s more to social media than just getting the latest cool science updates from NASA or the operating status of the government. In fact, you can use social media to promote health and meet your team’s mission. Here are a few ideas:

Balancing Efficiency and Efficacy in a Doctor Visit

Mobile apps are the newest tool in a health care provider’s toolbox to encourage patient self-care and health management. Earlier this year, I worked with an active-duty family physician in a primary care clinic on Joint Base Lewis-McChord to pilot a process for prescribing a sleep app during a patient visit. The project included mapping a patient visit workflow, training staff on the mobile app, and developing patient handouts and provider guides.

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