Mental Health Department, Naval Branch Health Clinic, Bahrain: A Little Department with a Big Punch

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CDR Carrie H. Kennedy, PhD, Clinical Psychologist What do you get when you put three psychiatric technicians, one substance abuse counselor, two social workers and one psychologist on a small island in between Iran and Saudi Arabia? One busy little department! With over 4,500 beneficiaries on base, 147 tenant commands, and another 15,000 or so service members floating nearby at …

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Mental Health Teamwork a Focal Point of Prevention at Naval Hospital

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By Douglas H Stutz, Naval Hospital Bremerton Public Affairs Naval Hospital Bremerton’s Mental Health Department and Substance Abuse Rehabilitation Program (SARP) have been combining resources since 2011 to help patients with recovery, one day at a time. “SARP and Mental Health together provide very effective care, addressing issues as a team. We have multiple experts addressing multiple issues with the …

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Together We Can Increase Knowledge about Mental Health


By Cmdr. Michail Charissis, director of psychological health, Bureau of Navy Medicine and Surgery Editor’s note: Throughout the month of May, Navy Medicine is dedicated to mental health awareness. To begin the conversation, Cmdr. Michail Charissis, director of psychological health, Bureau of Navy Medicine and Surgery discusses Navy Medicine’s commitment to mental health awareness, advocacy and treatment. Navy Medicine providers …

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Five Things You Didn’t Know About Compassion Fatigue


By U.S. Navy Bureau of Medicine and Surgery Public Affairs 1. Do you know what compas­sion fatigue is? Here’s a hint: it doesn’t mean you’re tired of being compassionate. Com­passion fatigue is a chronic, long-term exhaustion and trau­matic stress injury associated with reliving the suffering of the person you are caring for. And it’s not just something that affects medical …

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U.S. Navy is a Leader Developing Malaria Vaccine

Malaria is a serious and sometimes fatal disease caused by a parasite carried by the female Anopheles mosquito, which bites people.

By Dr. Eileen Villasante, Head, Malaria Department, and Capt. Judith Epstein, Clinical Director, Malaria Department, Naval Medical Research Center U.S. military forces are at great risk of developing malaria while deployed in endemic areas. In fact, more person-days were lost among U.S. military personnel due to malaria than to bullets during every military campaign fought in malaria-endemic regions during the …

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