Thursday, May 29, 2008

"We can do better. We're going to. We're committed to it." Col. Ritchie

Col. Elspeth C. Ritchie, MD, MPH, Director, Proponency Office for Behavioral Health, U.S. Army Medical Command joined us for the DoDLive Bloggers Roundtable this afternoon to talk to us about the Army's efforts in behavioral health and suicide prevention.

Joining us for the call was Terri from A Soldiers Mind, Carla Lois Some Soldier's Mom, Kat from Castle Argghhh!, Carissa Picard of Military Spouse Press and BloggerNews, Bryant Jordan from Military.com, John M. Grohol from PsychCentral, and Brad Staggs from Brad's Place.

3 comments:

Herschel Smith said...

Jack, I look forward to a time when there is absolutely no stigma associated with PTSD - whether in the military world or the civilian world.

- Jack said...

We do too, Hershel. U.S. military history is full of examples of leading the way in changing social practices. Hopefully this will be another.

Norman Costa said...

PTSD for WWII Vet:

I wrote about my father's experiences in WWII, and commented on his, and others', PTSD. You can find the two part story at: http://www.3quarksdaily.com/3quarksdaily/2009/01/my-father-a-veterans-story-part-2-.html

He served in the 82nd Airborne in the D-Day invasion of June 6, 1944, with the 17th Airborne in the Battle of the Bulge (where he was wounded), and the 'Jump Across the Rhine' invasion of the German homeland in March, 1945.

I am a research psychologist and am ebarking, with others, on a new area of research (new for me) on the treatment of combat related PTSD. Any contacts or resources you could provide would be very welcome

I was born in 1947 and named after the invasion of Normandy.

Norman D. Costa