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In recent months, there has been a great deal of information and reports in the media, about the increase in suicide for soldiers and veterans.  Military sources have also confirmed dramatic increases in post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) among returning veterans.  Most experts contend that these rates of depression, PTSD, and suicide will continue to rise in the coming years — the government lacks the capacity to, adequately, meet the needs of returning military and veterans.  This means that these individuals will look beyond the government and increasingly turn to both public and private providers for their mental health care.

 

Between the Ears

Produced by Eleanor McDowall with Matthew Green:

What happens when your home turns into a combat zone?  When the sound of children playing, a kettle whistling, or a car backfiring transports your loved one back to a killing ground in Afghanistan or Iraq?
 
Night terrors, flashbacks and the hidden cost of war — this Between the Ears explores the inner lives of women who care for former service personnel suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD).
 
We hear a delicate and often wrenching patchwork of audio diaries and interviews recorded in kitchens, living rooms and bedrooms at moments when couples hit breaking point or encounter unexpected moments of tenderness.  This fierce and intimate portrait reveals the true impact of military campaigns on British families — and the sacrifices made by a generation of women who refuse to give up on the soldiers they love.

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The Enemy Within

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by James Stewart
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Location:  The Donovan, Sudbury, Ontario, Canada
 

 

In recent months, there has been a great deal of information and reports in the media, about the increase in suicide for soldiers and veterans.  Military sources have also confirmed dramatic increases in post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) among returning veterans.  Most experts contend that these rates of depression, PTSD, and suicide will continue to rise in the coming years — the government lacks the capacity to, adequately, meet the needs of returning military and veterans.  This means that these individuals will look beyond the government and increasingly turn to both public and private providers for their mental health care.

 

Between the Ears

Produced by Eleanor McDowall with Matthew Green:

What happens when your home turns into a combat zone?  When the sound of children playing, a kettle whistling, or a car backfiring transports your loved one back to a killing ground in Afghanistan or Iraq?
 
Night terrors, flashbacks and the hidden cost of war — this Between the Ears explores the inner lives of women who care for former service personnel suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD).
 
We hear a delicate and often wrenching patchwork of audio diaries and interviews recorded in kitchens, living rooms and bedrooms at moments when couples hit breaking point or encounter unexpected moments of tenderness.  This fierce and intimate portrait reveals the true impact of military campaigns on British families — and the sacrifices made by a generation of women who refuse to give up on the soldiers they love.

 

Canada's Military Lost More Soldiers to Suicide

Canada's military is under pressure to do more, to look after the mental health of its soldiers, after new statistics show that the armed forces have lost more personnel to suicide than those killed in combat in Afghanistan.

NDP MP Jack Harris said that the "shocking" numbers should prompt the government to "redouble" its efforts to assist soldiers in need of help.  In an interview, Harris said:

It underscores the complaints that soldiers have been making, that families have been making, that this is a real problem that is not being fully addressed.

 

HeartMath for Military Personnel

HeartMath resilience training incorporates research-based self-regulation techniques and technologies to improve mental performance and decision making in adverse environments, increase resilience, and reduce stress symptoms in a wide range of contexts.  Backed by experience, research, and science, HeartMath's programs are tailored to fit the tactical requirements during every phase of military life.

 

HeartMath for Health Professionals

Training and technologies to develop self-regulation skills, improve cognitive functions, lower health care costs, and reduce PTSD and operational stress symptoms.  Backed by extensive experience, research, and science, HeartMath offers the health professional effective technologies and methodologies to use with military personnel and veterans.

 

PTSD Fact Sheet

Today, there are good treatments available for PTSD.  When you have PTSD, dealing with the past can be hard.  Instead of telling others how you feel, you may keep your feelings bottled-up.  But, talking with a therapist can help you get better.

Cognitive-behavioural therapy (CBT) is one type of counseling.  It appears to be the most effective type of counseling for PTSD.  There are different types of cognitive behavioural therapies — such as, cognitive therapy and exposure therapy.  There's also a similar kind of therapy, called eye movement desensitization and reprocessing (EMDR), that's used for PTSD.  Medications have also been shown to be effective.  A type of drug known as a selective serotonin reuptake inhibitor (SSRI), which is also used for depression, is effective for PTSD.

 

Covering War

Pulitzer Prize winner, Chris Hedges, spent decades as a war correspondent for the New York Times and other publications before the suffering he witnessed became too much to bear.

Now, he's minister of social witness and prison ministry at the Second Presbyterian Church, a popular public speaker, and an author and freelance columnist who doesn't shy away from controversy.

 
Categories:  Health, History, Medical, Political  
Tags:  MyCAF, Opinionated, Relationship, Self, The Suck

 
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References:

  1. Between the Ears
    by BBC Radio 3 Published: 
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  2. Ex-correspondent Chris Hedges on covering war, dealing with PTSD
    by David Gutnick Published: 
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  3. HeartMath: Clinical Programs for Health Professionals
    by Institute of HeartMath Referenced: 
  4. HeartMath: Resilience Programs for Military Personnel
    by Institute of HeartMath Referenced: 
  5. PTSD Fact Sheet: Treatment for PTSD
    by National Center for Posttraumatic Stress Disorder Referenced: 
  6. Suicide claims more soldiers than those killed by Afghan combat
    by Bruce Campion-Smith Published: 
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