U.S. Marine Corps

 Expressions of Gratitude Go a Long Way

 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 to shipmates who feel alienated, …

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Off to see the Wizard

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 Navy ships the titles of …

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Serving our Wounded, Ill and Injured

By Cmdr. Amy Drayton, RN, MPH, MSN, director of Population Health, Navy and Marine Corps Public Health Center Sailors and Marines who answer the call of duty to protect our nation’s freedom often risk illness and injury during their service, sometimes returning from war with complicated burdens of physical and psychological injuries. We, at the Navy and Marine Corps Public …

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Corpsmen: Meeting the Medical Needs of Marine Corps Embassy Security Guards

By Cmdr. Carrie Kennedy, group psychologist, Marine Corps Embassy Security Group What do you get when you distribute 1500 Marines to diplomatic posts all over the world? A serious challenge for military medicine. Marine Security Guards (MSGs) have been providing protection of classified material and our people and property at U.S. embassies and consulates all over the world since 1948. …

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Promoting Sexual Health of Sailors and Marines

By Michael R. (Bob) MacDonald, MS, CHES, manager, Sexual Health and Responsibility Program, Navy and Marine Corps Public Health Center April is Sexual Health Month. Let’s all commit to doing one thing to help our people protect their sexual health. People in the business of keeping healthy Sailors and Marines healthy spend much time talking about tobacco, nutrition and exercise. …

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