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Webinar: Military Mental Health Issues: Impact on Families
August 11, 2014 - August 11, 2014
After 13 years at war, our nation has lost over 5,800 service members killed in action, with another 52, 000 wounded. Yet, these numbers do not begin to capture the invisible toll of repeat deployments on the 2.6 million men and women who have served in Iraq and Afghanistan since 9/11. In addition to the military health challenges facing service members directly, each member of our military has a family who bore the dramatic changes and daily uncertainly that comes with the deployment of a loved one. This is an issue that impacts the entire force, including the Reserve and National Guard, where coping with mental health issues related to service may be even more difficult as service members and families are more dispersed in their civilian lives, losing the support and camaraderie of their units.
While the focus lately has been on improving military mental health issues to improve outcomes for troops and veterans, we must also increase attention to the mental health impacts on military families, including spouses and children. Children in particular may not fully understand nor process the feelings and emotions they experience about long-term separation or loss. This can result in youth in many ways from behavioral issues, adjustment problems and even suicide. Ultimately, mental health challenges faced by any member of a family will in turn affect the wellbeing of those around them.
On Monday, August 11 at 1 p.m. Eastern Daylight Time, the Council on Foundations, in partnership with MFRI, will present a discussion from scientists to discuss mental health challenges faced by service members and military families, including the risk of suicide. MFRI’s Shelley MacDermid Wadsworth, Ph.D. will be joined by Julie Cerel, Ph.D., a licensed psychologist and associate professor at the University of Kentucky’s College of Social Work; Patricia Lester, M.D., the Jane and Marc Nathanson Professor of Psychiatry at the UCLA Semel Institute for Neuroscience and Human Behavior; Marjan Ghahramanlou Holloway, Ph.D., associate professor at USUHS and director of the Laboratory for the Treatment of Suicide-Related Ideation and Behavior; and Lisa Brenner, Ph.D. associate professor at the University of Colorado Denver School of Medicine.
We invite you to participate by registering online for this free webinar.