behavioral health

The Need to Evaluate Mobile Health Tools

Private companies, government institutions, academics and even individuals have produced thousands of mobile tools aimed at improving people’s health. With a couple of clicks on their smartphone, people can access apps that help them do everything from lose weight to manage their diabetes to have more constructive conflicts with their romantic partner.

Take Back Your Night

I’ve had trouble getting to sleep. And I’ve had nightmares. But I’ve never been afraid to go to sleep because of chronic nightmares, like some service members and vets and others exposed to trauma. Those kinds of nightmares often replay the actual events that were experienced, rather than more hypothetical scenarios, so they seem even more real.

Military Kids Talk About What Makes Them Military Kid Strong

April is the Month of the Military Child, a time to recognize and show appreciation for the 1.8 million U.S. military-connected children. Here at the Military Kids Connect program, we have been celebrating all month long—asking military kids to share their stories of strength and resilience, and tell us how they are “Military Kid Strong”.

Here are some of the responses we’ve received:

Resilience Makes a Half-Empty Glass Seem Half-Full

To build resilience in your family, you need to model what they need to learn. Even those of us who tend to look on the bright side of things have a hard time when we’re feeling challenged or overwhelmed. In fact, our brains are even wired with a negative bias (perhaps as a survival instinct) that makes us pay more attention to hurdles than solutions. What we don’t realize in those moments is that we’re selling ourselves short by overlooking the strengths and tools that we’ve already developed to overcome difficulties.

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