Skip to main content
The United States Army

Stand-To: Procedure prior to first light to enhance unit security, a daily compendium of news, information, and context for Army leaders.

STAND-TO!
subscribe today

STAND-TO! Edition: Thursday, October 4 2012

Today's Focus:

National Depression Awareness Month

Senior Leaders are Saying

The Army brand is really the ongoing dialogue we have with the American people ... Brand is what is believed and what is believable about an organization -- both internally and externally ... AMRG's mission to make the Army more transparent to the American public ... and shows how truly extraordinary the U.S. Army and the American Soldier are.

- Deputy Assistant Secretary of the Army for Marketing Mark S. Davis, and director of the newly-formed Army Marketing and Research Group, or AMRG

Army Marketing and Research Group to connect Soldiers to public, strengthen brand strategy

What They're Saying

I think it is important for women to strive in the military because women before us have strived to get us to where we are today. I'm thankful that I can pave the way for future female test pilots.

- CW2 Trina Moreno, the first female maintenance test pilot for the UH-60 Black Hawk, in the 51 year history of Corpus Christi Army Depot, Texas

Corpus Christi Army Depot welcomes its first female test pilot

A Culture of Engagement

Calendar

150 Years: The Battle of Gettysburg: The American Civil War

October

Sept 15- Oct 15: National Hispanic Heritage Month

Energy Awareness Month: Assistant Secretary of the Army (Installations, Energy and Environment)

National Depression Awareness Month: Army Behavioral Health

National Domestic Violence Awareness Month

National Disability Employment Awareness Month


Oct. 22- 24: Association of the Unites States Army Annual Meeting and Exposition (AUSA), Washington D.C.

Today's Focus

National Depression Awareness Month

What is it?

October is National Depression Awareness Month. On Oct. 11, 2012, organizations and communities across the United States will observe 'National Depression Screening Day' to educate people about the various signs and symptoms of depression and the availability of free anonymous behavioral health screenings. The Army theme for 2012 is Redefining Strength - Get Screened, Seek Care. Symptoms of depression include persistent sadness/anxiety, feelings of hopelessness, pessimism, helplessness, difficulty concentrating, alcohol or substance abuse, and more.

Clinical depression is a serious medical condition that if left untreated, may lead to other medical conditions. A depression screening is often the first step towards getting well. Unfortunately, two-thirds of people who suffer from depression fail to seek care. They mistakenly believe their symptoms are just a normal part of life. The good news for those who suffer with depression is that clinical depression can be treated. Treatments may include psychotherapy, medications or a combination of both.

Why is this important to the Army?

The Army is committed to decreasing stigma for Soldiers, family members and Army civilians who seek behavioral health care. Even the most severe cases of depression are treatable. The earlier the treatment begins, the more effective it is and the greater the likelihood the recurrence of depression can be prevented. If you or someone you know suffers from depression, help is available. Individuals suffering with depression are urged to contact their primary care physician or a behavioral health professional to get the needed care. Anonymous depression screenings are available through the Department of Defense, Department of Veterans Affairs, behavioral health agencies and resources in local communities.

What continued effort does the Army have planned for the future?

The Army encourages commanders and leaders to coordinate events locally with military and civilian healthcare professionals to get the word out to Soldiers, family members and Army civilians that depression is treatable, and of the opportunities to be screened and referred for treatment by a primary care or behavioral health professional. The 2012 National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) mandated enhanced behavioral health screening of deploying service members. The Army is implementing these requirements through all phases of the deployment cycle as well as exceeding the mandated screening by establishing annual screening for all Soldiers, regardless of deployment status, through existing periodic health assessments.

Resources:

Army Behavioral Health

Real Warriors Campaign

Military OneSource

Comprehensive Soldier & Family Fitness

Army.mil: Ready & Resilient- Medical Readiness

Veterans Crisis Line 1-800-273-8255 (Press 1)

External Links Disclaimer - The appearance of hyperlinks to external sites does not constitute endorsement by the Department of the U.S. Army of the linked web site or the information, products or services contained therein. For other than authorized activities such as military exchanges and Morale, Welfare and Recreation sites, the Department of the U.S. Army does not exercise any editorial control over the information you may find at these locations. Such links are provided consistent with the stated purpose of this DoD web site.