Expressions of Gratitude Go a Long Way

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 By Lt. Jay Morrison, Naval Hospital Guam As we move through suicide prevention month, we’re reminded of the important warning signs to watch for in our shipmates, and to spot signs of trouble: increased substance use, withdrawal, recklessness, changes in mood or personality, and especially expressions of hopelessness or wishes to die. We’ve heightened our sensitivity […]

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A Pair of Crutches and a Message of Caring

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By Cmdr. Wayne M. Haddad, Deputy Chaplain of Navy Medicine I remember walking into a safety stand-down at my last command, a medical training facility and overhearing a Sailor joke with friends. “If I attend one more suicide prevention brief, I think I am going to KILL myself.” Even though macabre humor, I smiled because […]

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What’s with all the Questions?

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Dr. Eileen Delaney, assistant department head of research facilitation, Naval Center for Combat & Operational Stress Control It might seem like anything you do these days triggers some type of survey or questionnaire.  Going on deployment? Here’s a survey.  Have a new doctor? Answer this questionnaire, please.  Seeing a mental health provider? Well, you get the […]

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Off to see the Wizard

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By Carrie H. Kennedy, group psychologist, Marine Corps Embassy Security Group Editor’s Note: Reprinted from American Psychological Association Division 19, The Military Psychologist. http://www.apadivisions.org/division-19/publications/newsletters/military/2014/07/wizard.aspx Over the years I have observed many creative terms for military psychologists. Some are funny and adapted to the way the military names everyone. Psych-O is a good depiction of this. On […]

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An Intensely Personal Issue

By Lt. Mark Peugeot, Ph.D., clinical psychologist, Naval Hospital Guam September is Suicide Prevention Month, but what does that mean for us? Will it mean more training?  For some suicide prevention is a very sensitive issue. For those who have not been impacted by this tragedy perhaps it’s not as delicate a subject, please don’t roll […]

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