Tag Archives: suicide prevention

Suicide Prevention: Be the Difference

By: Chief Hospital Corpsman Jon Rudolf Pangan, suicide prevention coordinator, U.S. Navy Bureau of Medicine and Surgery As the suicide prevention coordinator for the Navy Bureau of Medicine and Surgery, I advise on the day to day needs of the suicide prevention program for the chief of staff. It’s my job to promote awareness, make sure that everyone has the …

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Suicide Prevention: Ask, Care, Treat

By Lt. Holly Black, suicide prevention coordinator, Naval Hospital Pensacola It’s been three years, but I remember it like it was yesterday.  My night shift just started and I received the reports on my patients.  I was sitting at the nurse’s station reviewing orders when the phone rang and my co-worker answered it. I hear, “Ensign Black, sure.  Wait one, …

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I am Navy Medicine: Tracy S. Hejmanowski, Ph.D.

By Tracy S. Hejmanowski, Ph.D., Naval Hospital Jacksonville Deployment Health Center I’ve long been invested in deploying personnel because of their strong sense of service and courage. As the program manager and deployment psychologist for Naval Hospital Jacksonville’s Deployment Health Center (DHC), I am privileged to work solely with pre- and post-deployers and their families. I have been very fortunate …

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Navy Clinical Psychologist Makes a Difference for Military Families

By Jenny Collins, Naval Center for Combat & Operational Stress Control Public Affairs When a child is physically hurt, they go to a nurse or physician to help them heal. When a child is mentally or emotionally hurting, an option would be to go to a clinical psychologist. That’s what military spouses and parents, Army spouse Kristi Rayder and Marine …

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A Brief History of U.S. Navy Psychiatric Diagnoses, Part II

By André B. Sobocinski, Navy Medicine Historian The Second World War exposed the unsettling fact that the Armed Services needed an updated system for diagnosing mental illness. Many military psychiatrists expressed great frustration with the limited standards and believed they were ill-defined for personnel suffering the stresses of combat and military life. Personnel suffering bouts of anxiety could be classified as …

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