Military Mental Health Blog

Deep Breathing: A Quick and Simple Way to De-Stress

By Christine Leccese, MPH Quick: What is the only function of our body that you do both intentionally and unintentionally? Breathing! It is integral to everything you do. Think about it. You breathe quickly and shallow when you’re scared, deeply … Continue reading

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Seven No-Fail Way to Make Friends: The Shy Person’s Guide

By Christine Leccese, MPH They say “you can’t choose your family, but you can choose your friends.” That’s certainly true and some sage words. Thing is, you aren’t necessarily born with friends like you are with family. The responsibility to … Continue reading

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Join us for 31 Days of Healthy Living

By Christine Leccese, MPH Summer is a great time to commit to healthy living. You get a 4-month jump on a New Year’s resolution, the weather is warm, and your thoughts are about vacation, getting outside, and socializing. Throughout the … Continue reading

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Let’s Not Forget the Veterans of the Gulf War

 By Adrian Zupp With the recent, lengthy conflicts in Iraq and Afghanistan, it sometimes seems like the Gulf War that followed Iraq’s invasion of Kuwait in August 1990, has almost been lost in the rapids of history. But for all … Continue reading

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Veteran Turned Guard Family Readiness Group Leader Continues to Serve

By Christine Leccese “If something is important enough for someone to pick up the phone, it’s important,” says Gina A. Gillman, Family Readiness Group (FRG) leader in the Massachusetts National Guard, military wife, and former soldier. Gillman, whose husband has … Continue reading

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Traditional and Complementary Treatment Help Young Iraq War Vet Get Relief From PTSD Symptoms

By Christine Leccese, MPH Elijah Ochoa, the son of a soldier, was always interested in what the recruiters had to say when they would come to his Selma, California high school during his junior year. He also had a driving … Continue reading

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Yellow Ribbon Program Provides Support, Resources, and Friendship

By Andrea Carlile I was introduced to the Yellow Ribbon Program for the Air Force Reserves in 2013 in Norfolk, Virginia after my story and book, The War That Came Home, was featured in USA Today about how PTSD affects … Continue reading

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Case Study: Boone Medical Clinic and PTSD Awareness

By Christine Leccese Throughout June, PTSD Awareness Month, the Military Pathways blog will feature posts that address PTSD. We have several posts that look issues such as how PTSD impacts people’s families, how alcohol interacts with PTSD, promising treatments for … Continue reading

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Symposium Addresses Critical Issues
Female Service Members Face in Combat

The following article was posted by Diana Moon on the Defense Centers of Excellence for Psychological Health and Traumatic Brain Injury (DCoE) blog on May 20. Women are integral members of the armed forces. Last year marked a milestone for … Continue reading

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The ABCs of Accessing Mental Health Care for Military Families

May is Mental Health Awareness Month and we know that while every family has its stress, military face unique stressors such as frequent moves, family deployments, and fear for a loved one’s safety. Military Pathways online, anonymous self-assessments are available … Continue reading

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