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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.”

Mobile Health Resources Available Online for Military Providers

Picture of Tripler Army Medical Center

Tripler Army Medical Center, located on the beautiful Hawaiian island of Oahu, sprawls atop a lush hill like a pretty pink palace. In December 2016, psychologists from the Defense Department’s National Center of Telehealth & Technology (T2) led 84 military clinicians at Tripler through a one-day workshop on how to integrate mobile health technologies (like mobile apps) into their practices.

Feedback from the attendees included:

Food for Thought... About Nutrition, Performance, Resiliency and Recovery

Eating nutritious foods is good for us physically. But can nutrition affect our psychological health? Can what a person eats affect their mood? The military is actually very interested in nutrition—in fact, the topic is one of the Military Health System’s themes for March. Good nutrition can maximize a service member’s level of performance, improve their resiliency and play a role in medical recovery—and keeping their families healthy supports them as well.

If I Talk to a Psychologist, Will They Take Away My Gun?

The cheerful young man in Chicago’s O’Hare airport wore a cowboy hat and was dressed in long, baggy denim shorts despite the chilly November evening. His chin was flecked with blond stubble, tattoos covered both forearms, and a plug sagged in his earlobe. He looked to be in his early twenties. While we waited for our flight to Seattle, we chatted. Or mostly, I listened.

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