Battlemind and Behavioral Health

Tuesday February 12, 2008

"Battlemind" is the mindset you and your Soldiers use to prepare mentally for combat, and to stay alive, to return to loved ones. It is one of your most powerful weapons on the battlefield. In many ways, it helps you to overcome many of the most serious obstacles you or your Soldiers ever will face. Sometimes, though, the Battlemind can interfere with coming home.

How to use Battlemind:
- Steel yourself against the chaos, horror and grief of war.
- Stay sensitive to your battle buddy. Talk to each other.
- Take care of each other.

How to come home:
- Notice when you or your Soldiers overreact.
- Take positive action to maintain unit cohesion while supporting your troops.
- Keep the Family and throw away the firefight, not the other way around.

What has the Army done?
Many resources now are available to help you and your Soldiers get a handle on the seemingly strange things going on. The Army's Behavioral Health Office has a Web site with helpful hints on what you can do.
- Army culture is changing to recognize behavioral health as important.
- Soldiers and Family members have support at their fingertips.
- Army leadership emphasizes quality of life for Soldiers and Families.

What continued efforts does the Army have planned for the future?
As Army culture expands the availability of behavioral health resources, more leaders and Soldiers will be able to take advantage of training and counseling, to learn how to help themselves and their battle buddies. Plus, the Army will continue to assess, and improve, its identification and treatment, so Soldiers and Families will have the best quality of life possible.

Why is this important to the Army?
Persistent conflict means continued high-stress work environments. Too much repeated stress weakens Soldiers and that affects Army readiness. Soldiers need healthy outlets for stress, to help the Army stay in the fight, to give Soldiers and their Families better quality of life, and assure the American public its Army remains Army Strong!

For more information:
Battlemind

Army Behavioral Health

PTSD: What Is It?

Military OneSource

INFORMATION YOU CAN USE

- 2007 Strategic Communication Guide - Read the 2007 Army Strategic Communication Guide for key messages and updates

- Strategic Communication Coordination Group (SCCG) Workspace

- Army Public Affairs Portal

- Stories of Valor

NEWS ABOUT THE ARMY

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  • Army vice chief visits troops near Afghan border (ARNews)
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WAR ON TERROR NEWS

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OF INTEREST

  • Homeless vets are in the lurch (WP)
  • Probe of retirement home finds no increase in deaths (WP)
  • 4 arrests in China spy cases (WT)
  • Guard car wins Daytona's shootout, Martin takes 8th (ARNews)

WORLD VIEW

  • McCain and Petraeus: the dream ticket (TO | Story)
  • Clinton, Obama hit at troops 'pause' (FT | Story)
  • Commentary: A growing rift (IHT | Story)

WHAT'S BEING SAID IN BLOGS

  • Lamentations (TC)
  • Military truths (RR)
  • No sports (GJA)
  • Iraq pictures (IP)

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