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MessagePosté le: Sam 13 Oct - 18:43 (2012)    Sujet du message: MILITARY INSTALLATIONS WORLDWIDE ENCOURAGE SERVICE MEMBERS TO GET A MENTAL HEALTH CHECK-UP Répondre en citant


Anonymous self-assessments available online on October 11, National Depression Screening Day, and throughout the year

By Christine Leccese, Communications and Marketing Manager, Military Pathways

(Oct. 6, 2012, Wellesley Hills, MA) - Depression affects approximately 17 million people in the U.S., yet almost a third do not seek treatment. While depression is quite common, it is also very treatable, and diagnosing it early allows for faster and easier treatment. Each year, on National Depression Screening Day, Military Pathways, a DoD-funded initiative, offers anonymous, online mental health screenings at www.MilitaryMentalHealth.org. Service members, veterans and their families can access the site 24/7 to see if they have symptoms of depression, PTSD or a related disorder, and get information on how and where to get help. This year, National Depression Screening Day is Thursday, October 11.

"Depression is usually a more serious and sustained problem than simply having a bad day or feeling stressed. Unfortunately, many people do not know how to recognize the signs and symptoms of depression or where to seek help," said Dr. Robert Ciulla, Director of the Mobile Health Program at the National Center for Telehealth & Technology (T2). "An online screening, in the privacy of one's own home, is a good first step in getting a better understanding of the problem."

Seeking help is a sign of strength, not weakness. Recognizing and treating depression in its early stages, before a person reaches a crisis situation, are key factors in addressing this important health issue. Symptoms of depression can include:
  • Persistent sad, anxious or "empty" feelings
  • Loss of interest in activities once enjoyed
  • Decreased energy; feeling tired all the time
  • Feelings of hopelessness or pessimism
  • Feelings of guilt, worthlessness or helplessness
  • Irritability, restlessness
  • Difficulty concentrating, remembering details and making decisions
  • Insomnia, early-morning wakefulness or excessive sleeping
  • Overeating or appetite loss
  • Thoughts of suicide; suicide attempts

Military installations around the world will recognize National Depression Screening Day with events that encourage screenings, educate service members and promote good mental and physical health. Since 2006, more than 250,000 screenings have been completed online at www.MilitaryMentalHealth.org.

About Military Pathways

Military Pathways gives service personnel and their families the opportunity to learn more about mental health and alcohol use through anonymous self-assessments offered online. The program is designed to help individuals identify symptoms and access assistance before a problem becomes serious. The self-assessments address alcohol use, PTSD, depression, generalized anxiety disorder, bipolar disorder and adolescent depression. After completing a self-assessment, individuals receive referral information including TRICARE, Military OneSource and Veterans Affairs. The program is run by the nonprofit Screening for Mental Health, Inc. and is funded by the Department of Defense with support from the Center for Telehealth and Technology (T2health.org).

CONTACT: Christine Leccese
Communications and Marketing Manager
Military Pathways
617.285.8926 or 781.591.5223


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MessagePosté le: Sam 13 Oct - 18:51 (2012)    Sujet du message: PROGRAM EVALUATION GUIDE Répondre en citant


By Dino Teppara, DCoE Strategic Communications

U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Andrea Salazar

Defense Centers of Excellence for Psychological Health and Traumatic Brain Injury (DCoE) recently developed and released a “Program Evaluation Guide,” a step-by-step manual for program leaders to prepare and conduct program evaluations.

“This guide provides information and instructions on systematic, practical and efficient program evaluation methods and techniques, enabling leadership to carefully measure and review the effectiveness of a program, which ultimately benefits our men and women in uniform,” said Carlton A. Drew, DCoE education directorate director.

The guide provides means to implement changes to a program and improve outcomes or refine stated goals. This tool will aid program managers in meeting the challenge of demonstrating results that are statistically and clinically significant for service members and their families. Additionally, an accompanying slide deck was also created to provide an in-depth overview of the guide. The guide and slide deck are available for download here.

For more information on the Program Evaluation Guide or other DCoE education initiatives, please visit dcoe.health.mil.


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MessagePosté le: Lun 15 Oct - 17:31 (2012)    Sujet du message: THE EXTREMELY PERSONAL COMPUTER: THE DIGITAL FUTURE OF MENTAL HEALTH Répondre en citant



By Gabriella Rosen Kellerman The Atlantic October 4, 2012

It's 2018, and you're not feeling your best. Yesterday, on the phone with Comcast, you forgot your social security number, and had to call your mom to get it. She grew concerned. Your nightstand is full of half-finished novels, because it's easier to start fresh than to keep track of where you left off. And the fatigue -- last Thursday, you slept clear through your alarm, until Agnes in 8J pounded on your ceiling with a basketball. You've been here before; you know you're depressed. And you know what you have to do.

You fire up your PC and dig out your biomonitor wrist strap. "Welcome back, kiddo," Regina, your therapist avatar, greets you. Regina has shiny red hair and glasses, and the Australian accent of a Bond girl. "Let's catch up."

As you launch into your compressed narrative -- the new job, the breakup, the fight with your brother -- and Regina nods in sympathy, you recall the days of Dr. Fitzsimmons' brick and mortar on 5th and 97th, when you'd have spent half the session (roughly $150.00) "updating the Fitz." It felt good at the time, but did it actually achieve anything? The Fitzman was hardly Freudian -- he was as cognitive as they come, with scales and homework and all -- and even so all that schmoozing required so much time. And, as he loved to remind you, he was one of the few psychiatrists left who even talked to his patients anymore. Just a day after the session, the sharing glow would wear off, and you'd have difficulty recalling what you had discussed.

About five minutes into your story, your biomonitor issues a gentle chime alerting Regina that, based on your lowered heart rate and blood pressure, the cathartic warm-up is complete. "I'm so sorry to hear what you've been through," Regina says, eyes wide. "I am here for you, ready to help you improve your mood and your mind."

Myndbot, which rolled out a few years earlier, was your first Regina. An antiseptic cross between an SAT program and the old school Atari, its primary function was to introduce users to the platform, which was revolutionary: Social simulations that could lesson your anxiety, an integrated cognitive behavioral iPhone app, adventure games that taught reframing of depressive thoughts -- all of it sounded too futuristic to work.

Arguably, the first iterations were. Most early adopters continued seeing human therapists and taking their meds. But over time, leading firms like Posit Science, Dakim, Lumosity, Brain Plasticity,SharpBrains, and MoodGym improved the exercises and included biometrics. Thomas Insel, head of the National Institute of Mental Health, supported these efforts from the start, as an example of what he described to the Royal Society of London in 2011 as psychiatry as "clinical neuroscience."

We're at an extraordinary moment where the entire scientific foundation for mental health is shifting, with the 20th century discipline of psychiatry becoming the 21st century discipline of clinical neuroscience.

In the spring of 2012, the NIH offered its first grants in the field of video games as psychiatric intervention, a vote of confidence in this therapeutic direction.
Read more at The Atlantic.

(Image via VLADGRIN/Shutterstock.com)


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MessagePosté le: Lun 15 Oct - 17:38 (2012)    Sujet du message: A DIGITAL DOCTOR ON YOUR WRIST Répondre en citant



David Pescovitz photo
Professor Thomas F. Budinger checks his pulse with an ultrasound machine. His heartrate speeds up when he's fishing for Trophy Brown Trout on the rivers of New Zealand. (Click for larger image.)

Tomorrow's wristwatches may tell you much more than the time. Department of Bioengineering chair Thomas F. Budinger is developing a wrist-worn biomonitoring alert system that will not only transmit a digital call for help if you've fallen but also detect when it's time for a nap or if your "last meal was cooked in old fat, like a fast food hamburger." 
As part of the medical alert research component of the Center for Information Technology Research in the Interest of Society (CITRIS), Budinger and his colleagues are hoping their biomonitoring system could save some of the 300,000 lives lost each year from cardiac arrest in this country while bringing PEACE of mind to those who worry about their loved ones suffering heart attacks, strokes, or dangerous falls while home alone.

"Many people worry about loved ones who are at risk," says Budinger, who is also a senior scientist and head of the Center for Functional Imaging at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory and a professor in the Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Sciences. "If your grandmother has a device, falls down, and doesn't hit the reset button, you want to know about it. So you and all her relatives are served by this kind of system."

Wristwatches containing tiny accelerometers, devices that measure direction and speed of motion, have already been developed by Precision Control Design Inc. (PCD), a private sector collaborator on the Berkeley research.

One of the Berkeley team's tasks is to characterize the accelerometer signature of a person falling as compared, for example, to plopping down in an easy chair. The next step is to outfit the watch with a wireless transceiver to signal an emergency response network in the event of trouble. Budinger is also exploring ways to link the radio transceiver with local area networks and Global Positioning System technology or other automatic location identification systems to precisely pinpoint where help should be dispatched.

"If you have cardiac arrest and you're not resuscitated within six minutes, you can start writing off brain cells in a big way," Budinger says.

Budinger's pet project, however, is to bring an unprecedented level of sensitivity to a wristwatch biomonitor. While a traditional electrocardiogram (EKG) measures the electrical activity of the heart, Budinger believes that studying the actual pressure waveform of blood flowing through the body reveals much more about an individual's physiological state.

"Let's say the accelerometer detects that the person has fallen and is not moving," he says. "Looking at the waveform of their pulse pressure could tell you if the person has a heart beat and possibly is entering a state of shock.

Imagine that the heart is a water balloon and the rest of the cardiovascular system is another water balloon, Budinger explains. Squeezing the "heart balloon" causes the other balloon to expand with liquid. When the pressure on the heart balloon is reduced, the viscoelastic energy is put back into the fluid. The return of the fluid to the heart balloon creates a second pulse.

"That's how your coronaries fill," says Budinger, who is conducting the waveform research with LBNL colleague Jonathan Maltz. "And certain drugs and fatty meals stiffen the system," altering its compliance and the resulting pulse pressure waveform.

Concurrent with designing a wearable system to track the pulse waveform, Budinger is learning the physiological language of waveform variations. The aim, he says, is to translate what specific variations in a waveform signify about someone's health status and their daily physical activity.

"The underlying human physiology of all of this is our current area of investigation," Budinger says.

Once Budinger's insights into pulse waveforms are proven out, the multiple elements of the biomonitoring system can further be integrated to divulge even more details about the wearer's physiological state. Basic activity monitoring technology has already been incorporated in commercial wristwatch devices called actigraphs, including those manufactured by PCD and sold by companies like Ambulatory Monitoring Inc. to help evaluate sleep disorders. By adding pulse waveform and heartrate data and measurements of the wearer's alertness throughout a "personalization period," the wristwatch could become a "human gas gauge." This kind of device, Budinger says, is of great current need by patients undergoing chemotherapy or rehabilitation away from the hospital.

An advanced biomonitor could eventually also be used in crisis situations like those of September 11, he adds, to keep tabs on emergency workers' vital signs and level of fatigue.

"By tuning the device to the individual, the watch could tell you how much fuel is left in your tank," he says.


Thomas F. Budinger's home page
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MessagePosté le: Ven 19 Oct - 18:58 (2012)    Sujet du message: DEFENSE-VA ELECTRONIC HEALTH RECORD STUMBLES AT CHICAGO HOSPITAL Répondre en citant


By Bob Brewin October 16, 2012

Despite an investment of $100 million since 2009, the Chicago hospital managed jointly by the Defense and Veterans Affairs departments has not fully developed a joint electronic health record because officials haven’t been able to create a numbering system for prescriptions, the Institute of Medicine said in a report released today.

Information sharing at the Captain James A. Lovell Federal Health Care Center, a facility that serves the Navy’s Great Lakes Recruit Training Command and veterans, hit another shoal when the Navy insisted on a rigid security review for VA personnel, the IOM report revealed.

The main stumbling block in developing a joint health record for Lovell was the need for sequential numbering of prescription drugs in the two departments’ electronic systems -- AHLTA at Defense and the Veterans Health Information Systems and Technology Architecture at VA, IOM reported.

To create a sequential numbering system at Lovell would require major changes in both AHLTA and VISTA, but the departments had agreed they would not change their respective EHRs, which had different prescription systems, as they developed the new Lovell system. “This gap created several unacceptable patient safety risks that could only be overcome by having licensed pharmacists manually input the necessary functions that will be performed automatically when the IT solution is deployed,” IOM reported.

The tab for those extra pharmacists runs $700,000 a year and will continue until Defense and VA start to field an integrated EHR in 2014, IOM said. Exchanging information between Defense and VA lab and radiology systems at the Lovell facility remains a work in progress, IOM reported, with further development need to make these systems fully operational.

Besides the pharmacy issue, different approaches to systems security slowed use of the integrated information technology system at Lovell, IOM reported. The Navy originally insisted VA employees needed Secret clearances to access the Defense EHR.

The Navy later dropped that requirement in favor of employee background investigations that included a fingerprint check, criminal records search, credit bureau search and extensive references -- still far more stringent than VA’s requirements for employees to access an EHR. Defense requires anyone using its computer systems to use a common access card, a smart card that identifies and authenticates users. It does not issue the cards to non-Defense personnel.

At Lovell, Defense eventually agreed to let VA employees use their smart personal identity cards to access AHLTA, an agreement that took time to negotiate and required expensive software and hardware changes, the IOM found. VA allowed Defense personnel at Lovell to use their CAC cards to access VISTA.

Due to the problems encountered at Lovell, IOM recommended that Defense and VA avoid establishing other combined health centers until the iEHR is available.


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MessagePosté le: Jeu 25 Oct - 03:26 (2012)    Sujet du message: NAVY MEDICINE HIGHLIGHTS PATIENT CARE, INNOVATIVE TECHNOLOGY DURING HOUSTON NAVY WEEK Répondre en citant


Story Number: NNS121024-03Release Date: 10/24/2012 12:14:00 PM

By Valerie A. Kremer, U.S. Navy Bureau of Medicine and Surgery Public Affairs

HOUSTON (NNS) -- Navy Medicine leadership met with Texas health care leaders and scientists to discuss shared initiatives in health care models and innovative research during a visit with the Memorial Hermann-Texas Medical Center as part of Houston Navy Week, Oct. 23.

Rear Adm. William Roberts, commandant, Medical Education and Training Campus, San Antonio, and director, education and training (M7), U.S. Navy Bureau of Medicine and Surgery, was the top medical officer representing Navy Medicine during the visit.

"It is truly an honor to have Rear Adm. Roberts visit Memorial Hermann-Texas Medical Center and TIRR Memorial Hermann," said Carl Josehart, chief executive officer, The Institute for Rehabilitation and Research Memorial Hermann. "It is wonderful to see the work Navy Medicine is doing to take care of their patients and learn about the innovative technology that their researchers have produced that have made a difference in places like Memorial Hermann."

During the visit, Roberts met with leadership and toured several areas around the campus. In their discussions, Roberts and Memorial Hermann leadership and physicians highlighted shared initiatives in patient care models, the importance of education and training of staff, and the advancements in research and development.

"It is a pleasure to be able to see the vast capabilities of Memorial Hermann-Texas Medical Center and learn of the great amount of value they place in the care they provide to their patients," said Roberts. "Similarly, Navy Medicine is focusing on a similar patient care model called Medical Home Port, ensuring first-rate medical readiness, promoting better health outcomes and overall wellness for our globally dispersed service members and families."

During his presentation, Roberts highlighted Navy Medicine's capabilities in expeditionary care, garrison care, research and development, humanitarian assistance/disaster response, and its role in the maritime strategy.

"We must focus on preventive care and ensure our patients are provided the means and teams of health care professionals to attain this goal," said Roberts. "Although there is not one single model of care that fits all, we must work together, civilian and military, to learn from one another, in how to provide the best health care possible."

Memorial Hermann is the largest not-for-profit healthcare system in Texas and serves the greater Houston community through 12 hospitals, a vast network of affiliated physicians and numerous specialty programs and services. Their facilities include: Memorial Hermann-Texas Medical Center, the teaching hospital for The University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston (UTHealth) Medical School and a Level I trauma center; eight suburban hospitals; three Heart and Vascular Institutes; The Institute for Rehabilitation and Research (TIRR) Memorial Hermann, one of the nation's top rehabilitation and research hospitals; Children's Memorial Hermann Hospital; the Ironman Sports Medicine Institute; the Mischer Neuroscience Institute; eight comprehensive Cancer Centers; 21 Imaging Centers; eight Breast Care Centers; 10 surgery centers; 25 sports medicine and rehabilitation centers; 19 diagnostic laboratories; and PaRC, a substance abuse treatment center. Memorial Hermann also operates the Life Flight®air ambulance program as well as the city's only burn treatment center.

Navy Medicine is a global healthcare network of 63,000 Navy medical personnel around the world who provide high quality health care to more than one million eligible beneficiaries. Navy Medicine personnel deploy with Sailors and Marines worldwide, providing critical mission support aboard ship, in the air, under the sea and on the battlefield.

Houston Navy Week is one of 15 Navy weeks across the country this year. Navy Weeks are designed to show Americans the investment they make in their Navy and increase awareness in cities that do not have a significant Navy presence.

For more information about Houston Navy Week, visit

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MessagePosté le: Ven 26 Oct - 03:25 (2012)    Sujet du message: inTransition: REACHING ALL LEVELS OF BEHAVIORAL HEALTH CARE PROVIDERS Répondre en citant


 Posted by George Lamb, DCoE Strategic Communications, Outreach and Collaboration acting division chief and social work consultant on October 9, 2012

Photo courtesy of Army Sgt. Quentin Johnson

George Lamb is a Marine veteran and began his social work career with the Department of Veterans Affairs Medical Center in Northport, NY, where he assisted with care coordination of returning combat veterans. At DCoE, he supervises and manages the division’s dissemination activities and coordinates outreach.
During our outreach efforts for the inTransition program, a coaching initiative for service members transitioning between behavioral health care providers, we are often asked how the program can be incorporated into treatment plans for wounded warriors. This question took on additional resonance when asked by service leads at the Joint Task Force National Capital Region Medical Command (JTF CapMed) Wounded Warrior Meeting recently held at Walter Reed National Military Medical Center (WRNMMC). JTF CapMed has regional authority over effective and efficient delivery of military health care.

InTransition, managed by the Defense Centers of Excellence for Psychological Health and Traumatic Brain Injury (DCoE), bridges the gap for service members with psychological health concerns who are transitioning between behavioral health care systems or providers. The program is voluntary and encourages service members to be an active part of their treatment planning process by guiding and educating them on healthy decision-making. The inTransition program assigns a personal coach to support you along the way. Your coach will:
  • Coach you one-on-one and guide you through your transition
  • Connect you with your new provider
  • Empower you with tools and resources to continue making healthy life choices

InTransition coaches are licensed behavioral health care providers who un­derstand today’s military culture and maintain service members’ privacy and confidentiality while being available 24/7. Cost is often a primary question regarding the inTransition program, but you will be happy to know that there are no costs associated with the program because it is Tricare funded.

InTransition’s outreach efforts at the meeting were particularly valuable because it enabled us to reach high levels of authority and influence regarding behavioral health care for service members. At the close of our presentation, the JTF acting commander suggested we meet periodically to discuss new ideas and information regarding DCoE programs and resources. Attending service leads also suggested that we outreach to additional wounded warrior behavioral health providers at WRNMMC to ensure that all appropriate providers are aware of, and understand the programs and resources DCoE has to offer.

The DCoE inTransition team engages behavioral health care providers worldwide to inform them of benefits associated with the program. For more details, read this DCoE blog post and check out our information sheet. To schedule a video teleconferencing presentation or onsite briefing on the inTransition program, please contact Brandi.Nadler.ctr@tma.osd.mil.


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MessagePosté le: Lun 29 Oct - 16:29 (2012)    Sujet du message: HURRICANE SANDY - CHECK YOUR VAMC WEBSITE / SOCIAL MEDIA Répondre en citant



Monday, October 29, 2012 9:36 AM

"Veterans Health" veteranshealth@public.govdelivery.com

As Hurricane Sandy approaches the east coast, some VA operations may change depending on your location. If you live in an area under the threat of storm damage and have pending VA appointments, be sure to contact your VA facility to ask about their operational schedule. Some appointments may be rescheduled or cancelled, and some facilities may be closed entirely until it's safe to resume normal duties.

You can view a directory of all VA Medical Centers at http://www.va.gov/health/vamc/. Once on the medical center's homepage, click on the "Emergency Response & Information" link which appears on the upper right side of their homepage. You can view the latest status and signup for both email and text message alerts.

You can also keep up with operations by following your local medical center on Facebook and/or Twitter. Find your local medical center's Facebook and/or Twitter in our directory at http://www.va.gov/health/vamc/.

Above all, stay safe and make sure your family does the same!

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MessagePosté le: Lun 29 Oct - 17:09 (2012)    Sujet du message: CONNECT WITH YOUR MEDICAL CENTER Répondre en citant



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MessagePosté le: Jeu 1 Nov - 04:18 (2012)    Sujet du message: OBAMA: I AM COMING AFTER THE GUNS AND I WILL SCREEN GUN OWNERS Répondre en citant

Election 2012


By: Neil W. McCabe
10/17/2012 08:55 AM


Crowley cuts off Romney’s Fast and Furious remarks at Obama’s behest

In the Oct. 16 presidential debate between President Barack Obama and GOP challenger W. Mitt Romney, when the president dropped the pretense of being neutral on restricting gun rights with a key assist from moderator Candy Crowley, hostess of the CNN program “State of the Nation.”

After his policies were rebuked in the 1994 midterms, President William J. Clinton, blamed more than anything else his support for a national ban on so-called assault weapons. It must have been a calculated move for Obama to suggest he would bring back the ban that had expired.

The questioner asked the president what he had done to fulfill his 2008 promise to keep AK-47’s and so-called assault weapons out of the hands of criminals.

Americans support the Second Amendment, he said. Then, those concerned about gun rights waited for the “but.”

They did not have to wait long.

“But there have been too many instances during the course of my presidency, where I’ve had to comfort families who have lost somebody,” he said.

“We have to enforce the laws we’ve already got, make sure that we’re KEEPING GUNS OUT OF THE HANDS OF CRIMINALS, THOSE WHO ARE MENTALLY ILL,” he said.

“We’ve done a much better job in terms of background checks, but we’ve got more to do when it comes to enforcement,” he said. “What I’m trying to do is to get a broader conversation about how do we reduce the violence generally. Part of it is seeing if we can get an assault weapons ban reintroduced.”

Obama said it made sense to him that weapons designed for soldiers should not be in the hands of civilians.

Perhaps sensing the a coming retort, the president acknowledged his own city of Chicago, a city with some of the strictest gun laws in the country, is rife with gun violence. “Frankly, in my home town of Chicago, there’s an awful lot of violence and they’re not using AK-47s. They’re using cheap hand guns.”

Message: We are coming after the hand guns, too.

The president and his campaign have been quick to point out that in the last four years, the administration has not proposed new restrictions on gun rights. In the Oct. 16 debate, Obama crossed that line with not only a call for responsible gun ownership, but also with his support for screening Americans for their mental capacity to exercise their guns rights.

Like trying to get off the No-Fly List, Americans who find themselves on the No-Gun List, like veterans, who seek counseling, have no process to appeal or otherwise adjudicate their status–a status bestowed upon them with the stroke of a bureaucrat’s pen and often without notice.

For his part, Romney got caught up in the law he signed in Massachusetts that banned so-called “assault weapons.” It is a position that Romney took with the cooperation of the National Rifle Association because it loosened other gun restrictions.

The former Bay State governor scored some serious points with he brought up the Fast and Furious scandal, unfortunately, the rogue moderator stepped in again to interrupt Romney and break up his rhetorical momentum.

“The – the greatest failure we’ve had with regards to – to gun violence in some respects is what – what is known as Fast and Furious. Which was a program under this administration, and how it worked exactly I think we don’t know precisely, where thousands of automatic, and AK-47 type weapons were – were given to people that ultimately gave them to – to drug lords,” Romney said.

“They used those weapons against – against their own citizens and killed Americans with them. And this was a – this was a program of the government,” he said. “I’d like to understand who it was that did this, what the idea was behind it, why it led to the violence, thousands of guns going to Mexican drug lords.”

The president used one of his lifelines: “Candy?”

The immoderate moderator interceded: ”Governor, Governor, if I could, the question was about these assault weapons that once were once banned and are no longer banned.” There could be no discussion of the Justice Department program that sent thousands of military-style long guns to Mexican crime organizations. Because? Because, no reason, because–and that was that.


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Contact: Timberline Knolls, 877-257-9611

CHICAGO, Nov. 13, 2012 /Christian Newswire/ -- Timberline Knolls, the nation's leading residential treatment center for women and adolescent girls struggling with eating disorders, trauma, addiction, mood and co-occurring disorders, has named Juliet Caceres PsyD, as the new Spirituality Clinical Coordinator. In her role, Caceres oversees the center's Christian treatment program and is responsible for the development of faith-based groups that include: experiential, process, and educational therapy.

"I consider it an honor to walk alongside our residents and to be trusted to guide them through their healing process," said Caceres. "I'm filled with amazement, gratitude and joy as I see how God restores the lives of those so deeply wounded and bound by their addictions and disorders."

At Timberline Knolls, spirituality is viewed as a key component in recovery, healing, personal growth and transformation for all residents. For those requesting Christian-based treatment, services include:
  • A spiritual assessment at admission
  • Primary therapy with a licensed Christian therapist
  • Family therapy with a licensed Christian therapist
  • Pastoral counseling with our clinically licensed and ordained Chaplin
  • Weekly church services, "Celebrate Recovery," and specialized Christian treatment groups

In addition, Caceres supervises and trains a group of committed Christian primary and family therapists as well as the Chaplin at Timberline Knolls. All are passionate about integrating the Christian faith within the program for those residents requesting Christian treatment.

"We're proud to have Juliet join our treatment and leadership team," said Kim Dennis MD, CEO and medical director at Timberline Knolls. "She brings more than 20 years of experience ranging from working in crisis centers, community mental health and providing marriage and relationship education, to training professionals nationwide."

Caceres most recently spent eight years working with Meier Clinics where she worked in individual and family therapy. She also participated in their Family Bridges program and trained others in the Within My Reach Relationship Enhancement Curriculum.

Caceres received her Bachelor of Arts in Business Administration from Evangel University in Springfield, MO. She went on to earn her Master of Arts in Counseling Psychology from Regent University in Virginia Beach, Va. She also obtained a Master of Arts in Christian Theology and her Doctorate in Clinical Psychology from Wheaton College in Ill. She is a member of the American Psychological Association and the American Association of Christian Counselors.
About Timberline Knolls Residential Treatment Center:

Timberline Knolls is a leading private residential treatment center for women and adolescent girls (ages 12 – 65+) with eating disorders, substance abuse, trauma, mood and co-occurring disorders. Located in suburban Chicago, residents receive excellent clinical care from a highly trained professional staff on a picturesque 43-acre wooded campus. Women and families seeking Christian treatment can opt for specialized Christian-based therapy. For more information on Timberline Knolls Residential Treatment Center, call us at 877.257.9611. We are also on Facebook --
Timberline Knolls, and LinkedIn -- Timberline Knolls.


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MessagePosté le: Jeu 15 Nov - 00:27 (2012)    Sujet du message: DCoE HOSTS WEBINAR ON USING MOBILE APPS IN BEHAVIORAL HEALTH TREATMENT Répondre en citant


Posted by: Health.mil Staff

Wednesday, November 14, 2012

The Defense Centers of Excellence for Psychological Health and Traumatic Brain Injury will host a Nov. 15 webinar to address the clinical use of mobile applications in behavioral health treatment. Medical and technological advances have combined to offer new ways to access care and giving medical providers unique opportunities to interact with their patients. Experts from the National Center for Telehealth and Technology, known as T2, will discuss mobile resources available for use in psychological health, TBI and post-traumatic stress disorder care.

The DCoE webinar on “Clinical Use of Mobile Apps in Behavioral Health Treatment” is from 1 to 2:30 p.m. (EST). Service members, caregivers, family members and physicians are encouraged to register. Follow @DCoEPage on Twitter to participate in the live tweets and visit DCoE for more information about the webinar.


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General Assembly President Vuk Jeremic. UN Photo/Rick Bajornas
19 November 2012 – The President of the United Nations General Assembly, Vuk Jeremic, today called for more to be done to close an “awareness gap” in terms of developing countries’ knowledge of autism and how to treat the illness.

“Whilst it is clear that knowledge is growing in certain parts of the world, the same cannot be said for many developing countries. I strongly believe that we need to act on this awareness gap,” Mr. Jeremic said at a High-level Special Event on Autism and Developmental Disabilities.

Held at UN Headquarters in New York, and sponsored by the Permanent Mission of Bangladesh to the United Nations, the event was held in support of the submission of a new General Assembly resolution on Autism Spectrum Disorder.

Autism is characterized by varying degrees of impairment in communication skills and social interactions and in restricted, repetitive patterns of behaviour. The Assembly President, in his remarks, noted that doctors now believe that one in every 2000 children suffer from the illness – much higher than previously thought – with perhaps up to 70 million sufferers around the world.

In his comments, the Assembly President voiced his support for Bangladesh’s draft resolution on a coordinated global response to autism, and noted the importance of placing focus not only on awareness-raising, but also on building the capacity of healthcare providers to offer appropriate services.

“Unfortunately, medical expertise is lacking in many low- and middle-income Member States, hindering efforts to properly address the issue,” Mr. Jeremic said.

“Children with developmental disorders and their families often face major challenges associated with isolation and discrimination, as well as a lack of access to adequate health care and education facilities,” he added. “In many corners of the world, autism is as much a development as it is a health issue. Supporting people with that condition will require a coordinated, multi-faceted approach at the global level.”

Starting in April 2008, the international community has been drawing attention to the illness, with the holding of the first-ever World Autism Awareness Day, following the adoption of General Assembly resolution on the matter. Earlier this year, the UN Postal Administration issued six commemorative postal stamps dedicated to autism awareness, featuring images created by artists who have been diagnosed with the disorder.

President Jeremic said that he strongly believes that Bangladesh’s draft resolution will advance the interests and well-being of millions of autistic individuals and their families.

“It is critical, in my view, to actively involve the UN system in this endeavour, as well as engage with private sector, philanthropic, and civil society organizations. A funding mechanism will also need to be developed, as without adequate material support the objectives set forth in the draft resolution will be unattainable,” he said.

Taking note of the world body’s long-running promotion of the rights and well-being of the disabled, including children with developmental disorders, Mr. Jeremic flagged an Assembly high-level meeting, entitled ‘The way forward: a disability-inclusive development agenda towards 2015 and beyond,’ taking place at the beginning of the Assembly’s 68th session, which starts late next year.

“In the near future, I will appoint facilitators for this event,” he said. “It is my hope that the General Assembly, through the draft resolution as well as the subsequent high-level meeting, will become a true advocate for the rights of those suffering from autism.”
He added, “In this way we shall further the aims of the UN Charter by reaffirming ‘faith in fundamental human rights, in the dignity and worth of the human person.’”

In a message delivered on his behalf to the gathering, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon noted that there is much work ahead to ensure that the needs of persons with autism are addressed in health, education and other systems.

“What is understood in principle is not always carried out in practice,” Mr. Ban said. “The talents and needs of children, adolescents and adults with autism and their families must be recognized by providing them with early intervention therapies and adequate education to facilitate their participation in our communities and enhance their employment opportunities.”

He added, “Let us work together to give due consideration to mental health, including autism and other developmental disorders, as we prepare for the High-level Meeting on Disability and Development in 2013, and as we engage in discussions related to the post-2015 development agenda.”


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MessagePosté le: Ven 23 Nov - 20:34 (2012)    Sujet du message: POPE BENEDICT CALLS ON PRISON DIRECTORS TO PROMOTE A 'MORE GENUINE JUSTICE' Répondre en citant


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Participants of Conference on Prison Administration Granted Audience with Pontiff

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VATICAN CITY, NOV. 23, 2012 (Zenit.org).- Pope Benedict XVI addressed the directors of Prison Administration of the Council of Europe  yesterday. The directors present were participants of the 17th Conference of directors of Prison Administration. The Holy Father, who delivered his statements in English, stressed the importance of human dignity and human rights in matters of criminal justice. The Pope also said, however, that to safeguard the rights of the individual is not enough.

"A concrete commitment is needed, not just a statement of principle, in order to bring about the offender’s EFFECTIVE RE-EDUCATION, WHICH IS REQUIRED BOTH FOR THE SAKE OF HIS OWN DIGNITY AND WITH A VIEW TO HIS REINTEGRATION INTO SOCIETY," the Holy Father said.

"The prisoner’s personal need to undergo in prison a process of REBABILITATION and MATURATION is actually a need of society itself, both because it stands to regain someone who can make a useful contribution to the COMMON GOOD, and also because such a process makes the prisoner less likely to reoffend and thus endanger society."

Though highlighting the progress that has been made in this regard, Pope Benedict emphasized that it is "not just a question of releasing sufficient financial resources" to ensure a more dignified life for prisoners, BUT THAT A CHANGE OF MENTALITY IS ALSO NECESSARY. Such a change would thus "link the debate regarding respect for the human rights of prisoners with the broader debate concerning the actual implementation of criminal justice."

Pope Benedict echoed the words of Blessed Pope John Paul II, calling on the directors of Prison Administration to promote a "'more genuine' JUSTICE that is 'open to the liberating power of love' and is tied to human dignity."

"Your role, in a certain sense, is even more crucial than that of the legislators, since even when adequate structures and resources are in place, the effectiveness of RE-EDUCATIONAL STRATEGIES always depends on the sensitivity, ability and attentiveness of those called to put into practice what is prescribed on paper," he said.

"The task of prison officers, at whatever level they operate, is by no means easy. That is why today, through you, I would like to pay tribute to all those in prison administration who carry out their duties with diligence and dedication."

The Holy Father concluded his address emphasizing the significance of the EVANGELIZATION and SPIRITUAL CARE which would awaken in the prisoner an enthusiasm for life.

"Where there is confidence in the possibility of renewal, prison can perform its RE-EDUCATIONAL FUNCTION and become the occasion for the offender to taste the redemption won by Christ through the Paschal Mystery, WHICH GUARANTEES VICTORY OVER ALL EVIL," the Holy Father concluded.


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MessagePosté le: Ven 23 Nov - 20:52 (2012)    Sujet du message: LA RÉHABILITATION DES PRISONNIERS FAIT PARTIE DE LA JUSTICE Répondre en citant

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Les prisons sont sous le contrôle du Vatican, sous Caritas Internationalis.

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Benoît XVI rencontre des directeurs d'établissements pénitenciers

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ROME, jeudi 22 novembre 2012 (ZENIT.org) – La RÉHABILITATION des prisonniers fait partie de la JUSTICE, déclare Benoît XVI qui appelle à un "CHANGEMENT DE MENTALITÉ".

Le pape a en effet reçu les participants de la 17e Conférence des directeurs des administrations pénitentiaires du Conseil de l’Europe, ce 22 novembre 2012 au Vatican, en présence du ministre de la Justice du gouvernement italien, Mme Paola Severino, et du Secrétaire général adjoint du Conseil de l'Europe, Mme Gabriella Battaini-Dragoni.

La réhabilitation fait partie de la justice

Benoît XVI a constaté « une tendance à limiter le débat à l'aspect législatif de la sanction » dans le système judiciaire, et donc « une moindre attention sur la façon dont les peines de privation de liberté sont effectuées », a-t-il déploré.

Or, a-t-il poursuivi, la pratique de la « JUSTICE » est plus large : la « simple punition » ne suffit pas, il est nécessaire aussi que « TOUT SOIT FAIT POUR CORRIGER ET AIDER À MÛRIR ».

Lorsque ce n'est pas le cas, « la JUSTICE ne se fait pas dans un sens intégral », a insisté le pape, qui considère la « RÉÉDUCATION » non pas comme « accessoire ou secondaire » dans le système pénal, mais comme «SON POINT CULMINANT ET SA DÉFINITION CARACTÉRISTIQUE ».

En ce sens, même l’élément « de principe » du « respect de la dignité humaine et des droits de l'homme » ne suffit pas encore, a-t-il estimé : il faut « UN ENGAGEMENT CONCRET » à œuvrer pour « la RÉÉDUCATION DU CONDAMNÉ », rééducation nécessaire à la fois pour le bien de sa propre dignité et pour sa réinsertion dans la société.

Dans le cas contraire, a mis en garde Benoît XVI, l'emprisonnement peut devenir « contre-éducatif » et peut jusqu’à « renforcer la tendance à commettre le crime et la menace posée à la société par l'individu ».

Appel à un changement de mentalité

Concrètement, a-t-il expliqué, il ne s’agit pas seulement de « libérer des ressources financières pour rendre l'environnement de la prison plus digne » ni « d'assurer des moyens plus efficaces de formation pour les détenus ».

En réalité, cette conception de la JUSTICE appelle à un « CHANGEMENT DE MENTALITÉ », car il s’agit d’intégrer le « respect des droits humains des détenus » à la « mise en œuvre effective de la JUSTICE pénale ».

Au-delà des législateurs, ce changement de mentalité concerne tous : les directeurs d'administration pénitentiaire d’abord, ont un rôle encore « plus crucial », car « même lorsque les structures et les ressources adéquates sont en place », l'efficacité des stratégies de RÉÉDUCATION « dépend toujours de la sensibilité, de la capacité et de l'attention de ceux qui sont appelés à mettre en pratique ce qui est prescrit sur le papier », a souligné Benoît XVI.

La personne détenue est elle aussi concernée : ultimement, la RÉHABILITATION ne peut être efficace que s’il existe « UNE VOLONTÉ CORRESPONDANTE DE LA PART DE L'ACCUSÉ DE VIVRE UNE PÉRIODE DE FORMATION », a fait remarquer le pape.

Mais là encore, il a appelé à l’action : il ne suffit pas, a-t-il dit, « d'attendre et d'espérer » une réponse positive de la part des prisonniers, mais il faut les « solliciter et encourager » par des initiatives en mesure de « surmonter la paresse » et de « briser l'isolement ».

Le rôle de l’évangélisation

Benoît XVI a rendu hommage par ailleurs au personnel des prisons, dont « la tâche, à quelque niveau qu'ils opèrent, est loin d'être facile ».

Il a insisté sur l’utilité de leur fonction, auprès de personnes qui encourent le risque de « perdre le sens de leur vie » et le sens de « la valeur de la dignité personnelle », ce qui donne lieu au « découragement et au désespoir ».

Pour Benoît XVI au final, le « profond respect pour les personnes », l'engagement « pour la RÉINSERTION DES DÉTENUS », en favorisant une « véritable communauté éducative » sont « urgents ».

Le pape a proposé également « LA PROMOTION DE FORMES D'ÉVANGÉLISATION ET DE SOIN SPIRITUEL », qui font appel « au côté le plus noble et profond du prisonnier », et peuvent « éveiller son enthousiasme pour la vie et son désir de beauté ».

Il a conclu en soulignant l’importance de la « confiance dans la possibilité de renouvellement », grâce à laquelle la prison peut remplir sa fonction de RÉÉDUCATION et « DEVENIR L'OCCASION POUR LE CONDAMNÉ DE GOÛTER LA RÉDEMPTION ACQUISE PAR LE CHRIST DANS LE MYSTÈRE PASCAL, qui garantit la victoire sur tout mal ».

Il y a un an, Benoît XVI avait visité la prison romaine de Rebibbia, où il avait confié que sa "famille papale" - dont 4 laïques consacrées - était très préoccupée par la situation des prisonniers et avait "des amis dans plusieurs prisons" : "Nous recevons des dons de leur part et de notre côté nous leur en donnons. Donc cette réalité est présente de façon très positive dans ma famille", a-t-il dit, en parlant de la "famille pontificale" (cf. Zenit du 21 décembre 2012).


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Posted on November 28, 2012 by creeping

Believe it when you see it. via AP nixes ‘homophobia’, ‘ethnic cleansing’ – POLITICO.com.

entry a écrit:
The Associated Press has nixed “homophobia,” “ethnic cleansing,” and a number of other terms from its Style Book in recent months.

The online Style Book now says that “-phobia,” “an irrational, uncontrollable fear, often a form of mental illness” should not be used “in political or social contexts,” including “homophobia” and “Islamophobia.” It also calls “ethnic cleansing” a “euphemism,” and says the AP “does not use ‘ethnic cleansing’ on its own. It must be enclosed in quotes, attributed and explained.”

“Ethnic cleansing is a euphemism for pretty violent activities, a phobia is a psychiatric or medical term for a severe mental disorder. Those terms have been used quite a bit in the past, and we don’t feel that’s quite accurate,” AP Deputy Standards Editor Dave Minthorn told POLITICO.

“When you break down ‘ethnic cleansing,’ it’s a cover for terrible violent activities. It’s a term we certainly don’t want to propgate,” Minthorn continued. “Homophobia especially — it’s just off the mark. It’s ascribing a mental disability to someone, and suggests a knowledge that we don’t have. It seems inaccurate. Instead, we would use something more neutral: anti-gay, or some such, if we had reason to believe that was the case.”

“We want to be precise and accurate and neutral in our phrasing,” he said.

The changes made to the online Style Book will appear in next year’s printed edition.

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MessagePosté le: Mar 11 Déc - 19:11 (2012)    Sujet du message: REPORT CHRONICLES THE RISING BURDEN OF MILITARY MENTAL HEALTH CARE Répondre en citant


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By Bob Brewin December 10, 2012

A study comparing the military’s health care burden during the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq with its prewar burden found that hospitalization of active-duty troops for mental disorders accounted for 63 percent of the increases in hospitalization rates during those wars.

The report Friday by the Armed Forces Health Surveillance Center calculated the difference between the total health care delivered to military members during wartime (October 2001 through June 2012) with that which would have been delivered if prewar rates had persisted during the conflicts. It found that relative to the prewar experience, mental disorders accounted for excesses of more than 6 million ambulatory visits, 42,000 hospitalizations and 300,000 hospital bed days -- increases of 35 percent, 63 percent and 48 percent, respectively.

The center, which conducts epidemiological and health surveillance studies for the Defense Department, analyzed treatment for 25 illness or injury categories for active-duty military personnel since Jan. 1, 1988. The study, “Costs of War: Excess Health Care Burdens During the Wars in Afghanistan and Iraq (Relative to the Health Care Experience Pre-War),” was published in the November issue of the Medical Surveillance Monthly Report released Dec. 7.

AFHSC pulled the data from the Defense Medical Surveillance System, which documents military and medical experiences of service members throughout their careers. The study included records for all active-duty servicemen and women -- but not members of the National Guard or reserves -- in fixed military and civilian facilitates.

“The total health care burdens associated with the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq are undoubtedly greater than those enumerated in this report because this analysis did not address care delivered in deployment locations or at sea, care rendered by civilian providers to reserve component members in their home communities, care of veterans by the Departments of Defense and Veterans Affairs, preventive care for the sake of force health protection, and future health care associated with wartime injuries or illnesses,” the report noted.

Broken Warriors is an ongoing series on mental health issues in the military.

The report drives home the mental burden on the active-duty force after 11 years of war: “Mental disorders accounted for nearly two-thirds of all estimated excess hospitalizations during the war period . . . The predominance of these causes of excess hospitalizations and hospital bed days is not surprising, because they directly reflect the natures, durations, and intensities of the combat in Afghanistan and Iraq, as well as the psychological stresses associated with prolonged and often repeated combat deployments.”

Nextgov reported in March 2011 that slightly more than half of all Afghanistan and Iraq war veterans treated by Veterans Affairs received care for mental health problems, roughly four times the rate of the general population. The Congressional Budget Office reported in February that VA has treated 103,500 Afghanistan or Iraq veterans for post-traumatic stress disorder, or 21 percent of all veterans of those war receiving care from the department.

Dr. Remington Nevin, a former Army epidemiologist who left the service this fall to get a degree in public health at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health in Baltimore, said the mental health report was long overdue. It “finally makes clear the tragic costs of our military's decade of unremitting conflict. Yet with few exceptions these striking totals reflect straight line trends that began 10 years ago and that should have been apparent as early as 2006,” he said.

“The somber conclusions of this report stand in sharp contrast to the optimistic testimony offered by military officials throughout the first five years of war. A critical question civilian policy makers must now ask is why analysis similar to this was not published five or even six years earlier, when it could have aided healthcare planning efforts and informed a meaningful debate on the direction of the war," Nevin added.

President Obama in August issued an executive order to beef up health care for veterans, mandating that VA hire an additional 1,600 mental health counselors by June 2013 and 800 peer counselors by Dec. 31, 2013.


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MessagePosté le: Ven 21 Déc - 06:19 (2012)    Sujet du message: INTERAGENCY MENTAL HEALTH TASK FORCE LEADERS SIGN CHARTER Répondre en citant


Posted by: Health.mil Staff
Monday, December 17, 2012

Co-chairs of an interagency task force on military and veterans mental health services, Assistant Secretary of Defense for Health Affairs, Dr. Jonathan Woodson, left; Under Secretary for Health, Veterans Health Administration, Dr. Robert A. Petzel, center; and, Administrator, Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, Pamela S. Hyde, J.D. of the Department of Health and Human Services, right, sign an operating charter on Dec. 13, 2012 in Washington D.C. VA photo.

Co-chairs of an interagency federal task force on mental health met in Washington D.C., Dec. 13, 2012, to sign a charter that will guide their work.

As co-chairs, Assistant Secretary of Defense for Health Affairs, Dr. Jonathan Woodson; Under Secretary for Health, Veterans Health Administration, Dr. Robert A. Petzel; and, Administrator, Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, Pamela S. Hyde, J.D. of the Department of Health and Human Services, are leading interagency efforts to expand suicide-prevention strategies and to take new steps to meet the demand for mental health and substance abuse treatment.

The task force was created by a Presidential Executive Order for Improving Access to Mental Health Services for Veterans, Service Members, and Military Families issued by President Obama, Aug. 31, 2012.

The task force is scheduled to submit its first report of recommendations and strategies to President Obama in February, 2013.

Read more about the executive order at defense.gov

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MessagePosté le: Ven 21 Déc - 06:25 (2012)    Sujet du message: CRISIS SUPPORT NEVER TAKES A HOLIDAY Répondre en citant


Posted by: Health.mil Staff
Monday, December 17, 2012

Many of us will be taking time off this holiday season for vacations and to return home to visit loved ones. But one group that never takes a day off during the holidays, or any day, is the trained staff working the Military Crisis Line. If you or someone you know is struggling with a relationship, anxiety or other personal issues during the holidays, help is available. Service members, along with their loved ones, can dial or visit the Military Crisis Line website for free, confidential support 24/7.

VIDEO : http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=OHlcsBnO5aU

Earlier this year, President Obama said, "seeking help is a sign of strength." The commander-in-chief then signed an executive order guiding the Departments of Defense and Veterans Affairs to work together to address suicide among members of the Armed Forces. This public service announcement, produced by the Defense Media Activity, encourages service members to seek help when they are in crisis.

You may contact the Military Crisis Line by phone at 1-800-273-8255 or online at Militarycrisisline.net.

For more information on suicide prevention awareness, visit Health.mil.


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MessagePosté le: Ven 21 Déc - 06:29 (2012)    Sujet du message: POST-TRAUMA TIPS FOR PARENTS AND PROFESSIONALS Répondre en citant


Posted by: Health.mil Staff
Tuesday, December 18, 2012

In the aftermath of last week’s school shooting in Newtown, Conn., the Department of Defense Uniformed Services University’s Center for the Study of Traumatic Stress has published a fact sheet for parents and professionals. The tips aim to help restore a sense of safety after a shooting incident, and include a number of resources that can assist in the aftermath of traumatic events.

The Center for the Study of Traumatic Stress is part of the Uniformed Services University’s Department of Psychiatry, located in Bethesda, Md., and a partnering center of the Defense Center of Excellence for Psychological Health and Traumatic Brain Injury.

Learn more about psychological health resources in the military community.


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MessagePosté le: Ven 21 Déc - 06:37 (2012)    Sujet du message: HOW TO HELP RESTORE A SENSE OF SAFETY IN THE AFTERMATH OF TRAGIC EVENTS Répondre en citant


You don't need Jesus, we have some pills and implant for you to make you feel better!

Posted by Navy Capt. Paul S. Hammer, DCoE director on December 19, 2012

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On behalf of the Defense Centers of Excellence for Psychological Health and Traumatic Brain Injury (DCoE), our thoughts and prayers go out to the victims’ families of the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting, their loved ones and the entire community of Newtown, Conn.

The mass shooting in Connecticut has left an entire nation with an overwhelming sense of uncertainty, struggling to understand and mourn the loss of innocence by so many. During this painful time, as we struggle with the loss and trauma of Dec. 14, it’s important to connect with others as much as possible and not isolate ourselves.

As adults, parents, loved ones and community members, it’s understandably difficult to cope with tragic events of this nature. Knowing how to support and communicate with the children and teenagers in our lives who are also grappling with the same feelings and unanswered questions can pose additional challenges.

When talking about the tragedy in Connecticut, try to be as thoughtful, age-appropriate and honest as you can. While it is tough to have a conversation about the possibility of future events of this nature, it’s important to discuss safety and emergency preparation tips with children.

Children receive information in the same ways adults do. As they begin their winter break, they will have more time to socialize with friends – in-person or online – and to watch more television. Minimizing the exposure they receive about the shootings, from television coverage and other online sources, may help alleviate their distress and anxiety.

Our partner center, the
Center for the Study of Traumatic Stress, has created a useful resource: “Restoring a Sense of Safety in the Aftermath of a Mass Shooting: Tips for Parents and Professionals.” This handout was designed to help address some of the above concerns from the recent events. In addition, the National Child Traumatic Stress Network has some excellent resources specific for particular age groups. If you have more questions, the DCoE Outreach Center is free and available 24/7 at 866-966-1020 or via email at resources@dcoeoutreach.org, for information and resources.

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  • Steve Leapman 19 Dec
Thank you for this wonderful resource on how to help. I live and work as a therapist in northern Indiana and though geographically Newtown is quite far away, our technology and our hearts melt away that distance. I
have dealt with this topic professionally let alone personally as have so many others this week; the echoes of such misery and suffering go everywhere. I am inspired by the wisdom of Mr. Rogers who said to "watch for the helpers." That means empathy is part of what we can offer. Empathy reminds me of how human we all are, empathy reminds us to see that the quality of our presence can mean something to others. Empathy means that for those who are caregivers and responders, we have to help one another heal from carrying the pain of so many others. I am appreciative of this resource and wish all who spend their days in the service of others may find inspiration and encouragement to continue such necessary endeavors. God bless the families of the victims and those who are "the helpers!" - Steve Leapman - South Bend, IN



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MessagePosté le: Lun 24 Déc - 17:52 (2012)    Sujet du message: HELPING STUDENTS NAVIGATE A VIOLENT WORLD Répondre en citant



1. Psychiatric industry runs by the evil Jesuit Order and the government
2. Create destruction, violence and fear and come back with psychiatric solutions
3. Pushing for the medication of all children / with dangerous effects
4. Manipulate their spirit by psychiatrict treatment who change the personality of the kids
5. Push God out of the school and replace Him by an other evil diety, Allah, new age and gay agenda (LGBT).
6. Teaching Tolerance is run by Desmond Tutu, a Knight of Malta, army of Pope Benedict XVI.


Teaching Tolerance has recognized 77 schools from across the country for their exemplary efforts to foster respect and understanding among their students

Desmond Mpilo Tutu (born 7 October 1931) is a South African social rights activist and retired Anglican bishop who rose to worldwide fame during the 1980s as an opponent of apartheid. He was the first black South African Archbishop of Cape Town and primate of the Church of the Province of Southern Africa (now the Anglican Church of Southern Africa).

  Knights Templar, Order of the Temple, Knights of Malta, Order of St ...     www.discerningtheworld.com/... - États-Unis Chuck Smith's Calvary Chapel and Jerry Boykin's Knights of Malta, Vatican ...... (Healing Ministries International) · Desmond Tutu (Dr, The Most Reverend, ...


Submitted by Sean McCollum on December 14, 2012

There is no greater blow to a society than when its children are harmed. Today, we are reeling. This morning, a man walked into Sandy Hook Elementary School in Connecticut and killed 26 people, most of them children. Now, as school and local leaders gather in the aftermath to comfort the families of those lost and to assure others that the danger has passed, educators are faced with a question that has become far too familiar over the years:

How do we support students affected by violence?

The challenge is not, unfortunately, limited to high-profile tragedies like the one this morning. Children across our nation face violence on a daily basis, and educators are often the only ones in a position to help them.

The task of providing this support becomes an even more difficult one when the violence is directed at the place students should feel safest—school.

Students across the nation will be exposed over the weekend to the tragedy unfolding in Connecticut. Even those whose parents carefully shield them from the media will sense the great sadness in the adults around them. As President Obama noted while fighting back tears, “I know there’s not a parent in America who doesn’t feel the same overwhelming grief that I do.”

On Monday, these children will have questions and worries. The emotional distance between their schools and Sandy Hook Elementary will bear no relation to the distance on a map.

Even children who weren’t witnesses or victims—or even in the family of someone affected—may feel vulnerable.

“After a traumatic event, children’s questions always go back to safety,” says Marlene Husson, a clinical psychotherapist and grief counselor at Aurora Mental Health Center in Colorado. Children may experience both physical and mental reactions ranging from nervousness and grief to changes in appetite and sleeping paterns.

These reactions are natural, and educators can help alleviate them by helping students rebuild supports within their relationships and environment. Give them the opportunity to express feelings and concerns without fear of judgment. Reassure them that there are adults around who care for them and are dedicated to their safety.

The U.S. Department of Education promotes the “Listen, Protect, Connect—Model and Teach” program as an example of how to support students affected by violence (near or distant).

Step 1: Listen
Teachers or staff should facilitate opportunities for students to share their experiences and understanding of what happened, and also express their feelings. Younger children may be encouraged to draw, perhaps with an indirect prompt to avoid introducing unpleasant thoughts that a child may not have, suggests clinical psychologist Marlene Husson.

Step 2: Protect
Adults should work to reestablish students’ feelings of physical and emotional safety. Returning to regular school and classroom schedules and routines can contribute to this. School staff can advise students and families to avoid news coverage, violent films and other stimuli that may keep the trauma churning.

Step 3: Connect
As needed, teachers and staff can encourage students to reestablish normal social connections, both in and outside of school. Self-isolating is one of the common reactions to trauma. If this behavior lasts beyond an expected period it may suggest the need for intervention.

Step 4: Model
At home and school, students look for behavioral cues from the adults they respect and trust. Adults in the school community should model calm and optimistic behavior. This sets an example, and sends the signal that as anxious or sad as students may feel, it is necessary and possible to carry on.

Step 5: Teach
Psychologists, social workers or counselors can present information to students and parents about common stress reactions. These may include changes in appetite and sleep patterns, as well as temporary difficulties with concentration and memory. These professionals can also reinforce that seeking help is admirable, not something to shy away from.

When tragedy strikes, children turn to both teachers and parents for guidance and reassurance. We hope educators across the country will use the tips here to help bring a sense of safety back to their students. But the undertaking is far greater than that.

Until we find effective methods of preventing violence—on the streets, in homes, and in schools—educators will continue to bear the responsibility of supporting students who face an alarmingly violent world.


Thanks Friends. We are all in
Submitted by Trevor Barton on 14 December 2012 - 4:50pm.
Thanks Friends. We are all in this together.

Thank you for the info. It Submitted by Rosie Metcalf on 17 December 2012 - 5:33am. Thank you for the info. It is wonderful to know there are others who feel the same way. This event will affect us for a long, long, time.

Any traumatic experiences Submitted by Candace Benn on 17 December 2012 - 11:17am. Any traumatic experiences which children have gone through make them susceptible to psychological disorders and emotional turmoil. Dr. Bruce Perry, a physician specializing in post-traumatic stress in children, said, “more than 40% of these children will develop some form of chronic neuro-psychiatric problem that can significantly impair their emotional, academic and social functioning” (Perry, 2002). According to the policy brief entitled, Helping Traumatized Children Learn (Cole, Greenwald, Gadd, Ristuccia, Wallace, & Gregory, 2005) traumatized children cannot simply remove their “trauma glasses” as they go between home and school, from a dangerous place to a safe place. 
The above remarks are from a brief excerpt from my dissertation entitled, Adopting Compassionate School Practices: An Examination of School Counselor Beliefs and Behaviors. I am strong advocate for an increase in mental health awareness, an increase in school-based mental health programs, and a focus on trauma-informed education. I am a Professional School Counselor and I agree that academic success is important, however, mental health is the foundation to success. It often is overshadowed by other conversations. We need to talk and call to action an increase in Mental Health services. So often the first thing cut is mental health programs especially in schools. The stigma of mental illness comes from being unaware. Professional educators need to have an increased knowledge not only on specific subject matters (math, science and/or social studies but knowledge of the brain and how trauma impacts brain development, behavior and learning.

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Submitted by Sandra on 18 December 2012 - 5:48pm.
I wish Teaching Tolerance was a person who could come to my NYC public school and mediate the teachers there. I work in a big school and this violence has heightened the fear of my many colleagues who are now organizing to get metal detectors places at the entrances of my schools. Sounds simple but it's not! Students are then patted down by uniformed officers, their bags get x-rayed and then they are stripped of all their electronics (iPods, cellphones, their life basically). I see it as treating them as criminals. Then they are sent to class and expected to participate and "have a great day" which just doesn't happen. I've been trying to point out that scanners only give a false sense of security. That having them will cause adults to let their guards down and not take interest in or have awareness for students who are showing signs of socially disengaging or expressing violent thoughts. How can I help these teachers see the negative consequences of scanners far outweigh the positives? If a gunperson really wanted to enter into our school it will happen regardless of the artificial "security" check of scanners.

As an anthropologist, it is Submitted by Daniel Cring on 20 December 2012 - 9:18am. As an anthropologist, it is obvious that American Culture extols violence as a solution. We as a culture venerate warriors and even fictional heroes who use violence to solve problems- even American baseball was not violent enough so it was replaced with football as America's favorite sport. I remember growing up wanting to be a fighter pilot and my first (and only) gun was a toy cowboy pistol presumably to shoot the "bad guy" and the occasional "Indian". Violence is one symptom of independence training which enculturates hyper-competitiveness, lack of social responsibility (homicide being the most irresponsible act), lack of empathy, selfishness and greed. Many of America’s societal problems stem from this cultural core value. When I teach the segment, ethnolinguistics, to my anthropology classes, I talk about American metaphors like 'bombing a test', 'under the gun', 'killing time', and 'making a killing on the stock market', in order to illustrate the point: This has become a truly pathological culture.


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MessagePosté le: Ven 11 Jan - 22:45 (2013)    Sujet du message: MILITARY SUICIDES CONTINUE TO RISE Répondre en citant



Intensive prevention efforts have failed to stem overall increase

By Gretel C. Kovach12:01 a.m.Jan. 5, 2013 Updated8:58 p.m.Jan. 4, 2013

A growing number of active-duty sailors, Marines and soldiers committed suicide last year, despite intensive government and community efforts to stem the wartime trend.

The result is that for the third year running, more troops took their own lives than were killed in action, according to preliminary Defense Department statistics.

The uptick coincides with more than 11 years of sustained combat and growing numbers of combat veterans with post-traumatic stress disorder, which is estimated to affect as many as one in five who served in Iraq or Afghanistan, according to the Department of Veterans Affairs’ National Center for PTSD.

Yet a Pentagon report released this week indicates that less than half of military personnel who committed suicide in 2011 had deployed for those wars and only about 15 percent were involved in direct combat.

In addition to combat, a complex array of stressors is squeezing service members, with military downsizing and poor civilian job prospects playing a growing role, medical personnel and advocates said.

The number of Navy suicides spiked last year to a record high of 60, up from 52 in 2011 and 39 in 2010. The 2011 number reflected a suicide rate of 14.6 per 100,000 active-duty sailors. (Suicide rates among the services for 2012 have not yet been released.)

The Navy is trimming its active-duty ranks to 320,000 by 2014, down from 359,373 in 2006 and 325,700 last year. The cuts included a first-ever layoff last year of nearly 3,000 mid-career troops.

Regarding military suicides, “there’s been a lot of focus on the combat stress that’s involved with infantry Marines fighting in Iraq and Afghanistan. But there’s really been another kind of stress that’s been impacting more so our Navy, which is just the operational stress — do more with less,” said Navy Capt. Scott Johnston, a clinical psychologist and director of the Naval Center for Combat and Operational Stress Control in San Diego.

Amid the manpower reductions, “They are certainly not cutting back on the amount of deployments that the Navy is involved in, so I think that is indeed increasing stress within our sailors,” Johnston said.

In 2009, when 52 Marines took their own lives, the Corps reported the highest suicide rate among the armed services — 24 per 100,000. The next year, the number of Marines who attempted suicide climbed to a new high of 172, but the number of actual suicides dropped to 37 in 2010 and 32 in 2011.

Last year Marine suicides spiked again to 48, the second-highest number since the war in Afghanistan began in 2001; and a new high of 179 Marines attempted suicide.

The Army has not released December figures, but the 2012 tally through November of 177 active-duty suicides was already higher than the 167 in all of 2011 — reflecting a rate of 22.2 per 100,000, the highest in the military.

Last year 176 soldiers and 44 Marines were killed in action in the Afghanistan War, fewer than the suicide toll.

Because of the stigma against asking for help and the fear of career repercussions, the Corps has mandated yearly “Never Leave a Marine Behind” suicide prevention training for all Marines.

Almost three-quarters of troops who commit suicide do not inform others they are thinking about harming themselves, according to the latest Department of Defense Suicide Event report. In light of that, the military trains troops to be vigilant for signs of suicidal tendencies among comrades.

“We know there is a very strong ethos in combat that you would never leave your buddy behind. You would do whatever you have to, to save their life while in combat. We need to have that same mentality in garrison and back home,” Johnston said. “What we really have found is these are typically not impulsive acts. There usually are warning signs.”

Marines and sailors are told to look for predictors of potentially suicidal behavior such as the end of a marriage or romantic relationship, legal problems, financial problems, substance abuse and a history of mental health problems. More specific red flags include giving away material possessions, saying goodbye and talk of death and dying.

Bill Rider, chief executive and cofounder of American Combat Veterans of War, facilitates weekly Safe Warrior Outreach discussions in Oceanside near the Camp Pendleton Marine base. He encounters service members and young veterans daily who have attempted suicide.

The problem with “buddy aid” prevention programs is Marines are reluctant to out a friend who is thinking of harming oneself, Rider said.

“Infantry Marines, 0311’s, that’s a brotherhood. They’re not going to snitch anybody out. They’ll try to do it themselves, try to help them. Sometimes they succeed, quite honestly, but sometimes they don’t,” said Rider, a Marine veteran of the Khe Sanh battle during the Vietnam War.

Many young veterans come home from war and begin abusing drugs or alcohol, hoping to numb their feelings or feel alive again after coming down from the adrenaline rush of combat. They often have trouble reintegrating with their families and the civilian world, especially if they leave the service with its camaraderie and steady paycheck.

“Here you are, you went to war and you killed the enemy and performed wonderfully. And now you have some very human moments, feelings and emotions,” Rider said. “It is a perfect storm because a lot of them haven’t been reporting their psychological problems, their alienation, if you will, because of the very fact that the services will seize on that to make them part of the downgrade and let them go.”

The official Marine Corps suicide prevention program counsels that “leaders teach that knowing when to seek help for stress is a trait of a strong, committed Marine.”

Many service members are fearful about being forced out of the military for psychological problems. “That is devastating for Marines and soldiers and corpsmen who want to stay in,” Rider said.

The military suicide rate is usually lower than the civilian rate (adjusted for comparable demographics), but both rates have been rising in recent years. The rate for civilian males 25 to 64 years old was 21.27 suicides per 100,000 in 2000; in 2009 it was 25.37 suicides per 100,000, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control reported.


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MessagePosté le: Mer 23 Jan - 18:13 (2013)    Sujet du message: THE GOVERNMENT’S DEMONIC STRATEGY AGAINST PARENTS OF AUTISTIC CHILDREN Répondre en citant



by Jon Rappoport
September 13, 2012

Let me start with this controversial statement: The worst thing parents can do is obtain a diagnosis of autism for their vaccine-damaged child.

The primary fact to keep in mind is: the government must deny any link between vaccines and autism, because to admit the connection would force it to pay out gigantic sums of money to parents, under its Vaccine Injury Compensation Program (VICP).

VICP was created in 1988, through an agreement between the US government and pharmaceutical companies, to funnel all law suits for damage away from those companies, and into a bureaucratic maze of government madness, where the parents’ chances of compensation are minimal, where the deck is most assuredly stacked against them.

National Vaccine Injury Compensation Program
Vaccine Adverse Event Reporting System (VAERS)

Once parents enter the maze, hoping to gain funds to care for their children, they are immediately confronted with a list of disorders and diseases. This list essentially tells them:

If your vaccine-damaged child has been diagnosed with any of the following medical conditions, you may be able to win financial support. If not, you’re out of luck.”

Autism isn’t on the list. Here is the list:
Vaccine Injury Table

Can things be any clearer than that? A diagnosis of autism is a trap.
One: a young child receives a vaccine.
Two: he suddenly withdraws from life.
Three: a doctor makes a diagnosis of autism.
Four: the parents want to sue the company that makes the vaccine, but they can’t; they must apply to the VICP for funds to care for their child for the rest of his life.
Five: as soon as they enter the VICP system, they learn that the label “autism” is the very thing that will keep them from the funds they desperately need.

That is the long and short of it.

Forget about the fact that the parents never wanted to involve themselves with a federal government program. They wanted to sue the vaccine maker. They wanted a court award. But they were barred from suing.

At this point, you might say, “But if their child really does have autism and it was obviously caused by a vaccine, then they should be able to find justice somehow.”

You don’t understand how deep this deception goes. You don’t understand how criminally insane it is.

Because, you see, the label of “autism,” the very label that keeps parents from getting help for their children, is an arbitrary word that means nothing.

A deviously designed word that means nothing is keeping parents in a lifelong state of desperation, as they go bankrupt trying to care for their vaccine-damaged child.
We begin here: all 297 official mental disorders, listed in the (DSM) publication of the American Psychiatric Association, are defined and approved by committees of psychiatrists. Whether it is schizophrenia or autism or ADHD or clinical depression or bipolar disease, the definitions consist wholly of described behaviors. That’s all.

Psychiatrists will tell you these symptomatic behaviors are signs of underlying chemical imbalances or genetic aberrations, but they have no tests to back up this assertion. Therefore, all they are left with are the behaviors, their own menu-like clusters of those behaviors, and the “mental disorder” label they place on each cluster.

If they had more, if they had blood tests or brain scans or genetic assays, they would publish those tests and claim they are definitive for diagnoses of mental disorders. But they don’t.

Here is an exchange between a respected psychiatrist and a PBS interviewer, which occurred during a Frontline report titled, “Does ADHD Exist?”

PBS FRONTLINE INTERVIEWER: Skeptics say that there’s no biological marker—that it [ADHD] is the one condition out there where there is no blood test, and that no one knows what causes it.

BARKLEY (Dr. Russell Barkley, professor of psychiatry and neurology at the University of Massachusetts Medical Center): That’s tremendously naïve, and it shows a great deal of illiteracy about science and about the mental health professions. A disorder doesn’t have to have a blood test to be valid. If that were the case, all mental disorders would be invalid…There is no lab test for any mental disorder right now in our science. That doesn’t make them invalid. [Emphasis added]

Yes, it actually DOES make all those disorders invalid, unless “science” suddenly means “the opinions of psychiatrists sitting in a room, collecting together various human behaviors, and labeling them.”

Here is a link to the official psychiatric definition of autism disorder. It’s worth reading:

Notice that all the criteria for an autism diagnosis are behavioral. There is no mention of laboratory tests or test results. There is no mention of chemical imbalance or genetic factors.

Despite public-relations statements issued by doctors and researchers, they have no laboratory findings to establish or confirm an autism diagnosis.

But, people say, this makes no sense, because children do, in fact, withdraw from the world, stop speaking, throw sudden tantrums. Common sense dictates that these behaviors stem from serious neurological problems.

What could cause the behaviors listed in the official definition of autism disorder?

Vaccine injury; a toxic medical drug; a head injury; ingestion of a poison; an environmental chemical; a severe nutritional deficit; oxygen deprivation at birth; perhaps the emotional devastation accompanying the death of a parent…

There are many possible causes of the behaviors arbitrarily called autism.

However, then, why bother to say “autism?” Why not just say vaccine injury or head injury? Why not try to find the crucial event that brought on a specific child’s sudden and unique withdrawal from the world?

The answer should be clear. By establishing a label like autism, medical drugs can be sold. Studies can be funded. An industry can be created.

Something more can be done, too. The government can reject vaccine injury as a defining event in a child’s life, and reject the need to pay out compensation for it.

The government can say, “Since we know that some children who are diagnosed with autism have not received vaccines, or have not received vaccines containing a neurological poison (mercury), we do not compensate parents whose children are vaccine-injured on the basis that they have autism.”

Poof. It all goes away. Did you catch the sleight-of-hand trick?

Let me expose it. A child is given a vaccine. The child goes into a massive withdrawal from life and communication. A doctor, assessing the child’s behaviors, connects them with the official menu of behaviors labeled “autism.” The doctor then says, “This child has autism.”

Then the parents try to obtain government compensation through the VICP, the Vaccine Injury Compensation Program.

The parents, who now have alarmingly high expenses for ongoing care of their vaccine-damaged child, go to the VICP and say, “Our child has been diagnosed with autism, and we want to collect funds for the vaccine-injury he sustained.”

The government replies, “This is impossible. You see, we know that autism isn’t caused by vaccine injury. We know it because many children who are diagnosed with autism have never been injured by vaccines. Some autistic children have never had vaccines.”

Do you see what is going on here? The parents stepped into a fatal trap. They said “autism” and the government said “vaccine injury does not cause autism.”

You might think the parents could back up and regroup. They could say, “We don’t care what you call it, we just know our child was severely damaged by a vaccine, and we need funds.”

But it’s not as easy as that. The government has no category called “vaccine damage.” The government demands some disease or disorder that is diagnosed and officially attributed to a vaccine injury. As I established earlier, the government has a specific list of diseases or disorders that it will allow—to even begin thinking about financial compensation.

But, you say, this is an evil word game. Of course it’s a word game. The whole notion of “autism” based on no definitive tests was a word game to begin with.

What is called autism (merely a label) is not one condition caused by one factor. It is a loose collection of behaviors that can be caused by various traumas.

Parents say, “My child’s life was stolen away from him. He must have autism.”

A label provides some measure of relief for the parents. It doesn’t prove that the label actually means something. In fact, the label can be a diversion from knowledge that would actually help the child. Suppose, for example, after receiving the DPT vaccine, the child went into a screaming fit and then withdrew from the world. Calling that autism tends to put the parents and the child in the medical system, where there is no definitive effective treatment. Outside that system, there might be some hope with, say, hyperbaric oxygen treatments, or other strategies.

If all this creates a sense of outrage in you, you are not alone.

If a hundred thousand parents of children who have been devastated by vaccines traveled to the headquarters of the Vaccine Injury Compensation Program, at the Parklawn Building, 5600 Fishers Lane, Rockville, Maryland, and if they stayed there and Occupied the area, and if they had a unified position that cut through the word game and the purposeful official delusion, perhaps this criminal insanity would end.

A doctor’s diagnosis of autism most assuredly does not end the insanity. It adds to it.
I once had a conversation with a parent whose child was vaccine-injured and then diagnosed with autism. She spent years trying to obtain compensation from the VICP and failed. Here is a paraphrase of how our conversation went:

I found out my child wasn’t the point of the VICP proceeding at all. The government’s attorney was doing everything possible to deny us compensation. I felt I was up against a monster.”

They denied you benefits because your son had been diagnosed with autism?”

Yes. They said there was no established connection between the vaccine-damage and autism, so they rejected my claim.”

So you see that the the label ‘autism’ was the very thing they used to reject your claim.”
I know it now. I didn’t know it then.”

You also know there is no reason to use the ‘autism’ label. It’s an arbitrary word.”
It’s a word that is ruining us.”

Do you realize that, if your doctor had diagnosed your son with a different catch-all label, you would have stood a better chance of gaining compensation?”

What label?”

Encephalopathy, for example.”

So you’re telling me it was all a game, and if I could have gotten the doctor to understand that, he might have written a different diagnosis in my son’s chart, and my chances [of compensation] might have improved.”

That’s right. A different word.”

In a just world, a parent whose child is damaged by a vaccine would be permitted to sue the vaccine maker. In a less just world, the parent would be able to enter the VICP system and claim a right to compensation based on the simple stand-alone fact that her child was damaged by a vaccine.

In the world we live in, that parent has to prove her child was diagnosed with a condition that the government admits could be caused by a vaccine.

And if the doctor wrote down the word “autism,” the chances of compensation are suddenly very, very remote. They’re zero, unless the parent was able to obtain an accompanying word like “encephalopathy.”

Finally, people will insist that researchers are getting closer to discovering the true and basic cause of autism. This is just more arbitrary verbiage. The “symptoms” listed as definitive for autism are just a collection of behaviors. I could put together a list, and so could you:

Fatigue, eye flutters, sadness, lack of desire to participate in school, loss of appetite, halting communication…” I could give these behaviors a name, “Remoteness Syndrome,” and call it a disorder, and then I could raise a few billion dollars to search for the underlying cause…but there would be no underlying single cause, because the list was a non-starter. It was just an arbitrary collection of behaviors.

Autism” is nothing more than a catch-all phrase that indicates a variety of possible unconnected neurological insults. Each patient should be examined by a health practitioner who can really find the cause in that case. Then, perhaps, a treatment plan can be devised for that child.

Meanwhile, the government and its VICP program embroils parents and works them over and tortures them for years, and dumps most of them out on the street with no compensation.

Jon Rappoport

The author of an explosive collection, THE MATRIX REVEALED, Jon was a candidate for a US Congressional seat in the 29th District of California. Nominated for a Pulitzer Prize, he has worked as an investigative reporter for 30 years, writing articles on politics, medicine, and health for CBS Healthwatch, LA Weekly, Spin Magazine, Stern, and other newspapers and magazines in the US and Europe. Jon has delivered lectures and seminars on global politics, health, logic, and creative power to audiences around the world.


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MessagePosté le: Ven 25 Jan - 17:20 (2013)    Sujet du message: NEW HEALTH ASSESSMENT NOW AVAILABLE FOR DEPLOYING SERVICE MEMBERS Répondre en citant


Story Number: NNS130124-13Release Date: 1/24/2013 4:03:00 PM

By Hugh Cox, Navy and Marine Corps Public Health Center, Public Affairs

PORTSMOUTH, Va. (NNS) -- The Navy and Marine Corps Public Health Center (NMCPHC) announced today the introduction of a new version of the electronic Deployment Health Assessment (eDHA).

This latest version, made available to the Fleet Jan. 1, 2013, is an upgrade to the previous version originally launched in 2008 that initially required seven separate assessments.

The most significant change to the series of assessments was the integration of the Congressionally-mandated mental health assessment into the Pre-Deployment Health Assessment and Post-Deployment Health Reassessment. Now, Sailors, Marines and Coast Guardsmen will be able to complete two assessments instead of the four that were required to complete the original eDHA.

The new format focuses on the signature conditions of OIF/OEF - alcohol abuse, depression, traumatic brain injuries (TBI), and post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and offers the opportunity for the member to discuss his or her health concerns with a medical professional during the face-to-face review.

"This was a technological challenge," said Mr. Azad Al-Koshnaw, NMCPHC Lead Developer of the eDHA application. "Providing a seamless tool that comfortably collects sensitive health information and facilitates the member-provider meeting was the goal of this version."

According to Ms. Tina Luse, NMCPHC Lead Epidemiologist for Deployment Health, the new format is a value-added resource to military leadership for helping assess Fleet and Force readiness.

"Deployment health assessments are a valuable tool for all concerned. By spacing the assessments out over the entire deployment cycle, the members have several opportunities to discuss their health with their medical providers," said Luse. "Some of these conditions have a delayed mental or physical response and could be missed if the assessments were done just once or too early."

Currently, eDHA is fully implemented and is available for Department of Defense (DOD) active and reserve components. Because the tool is web-based, many units complete the assessment while still in theater. The Air Force has completed implementation while the Army is scheduled to be implemented by March 2013.

"With all services using the same assessments, our service members can get their deployment health assessments done in any military treatment facility around the world, including in theater," said Capt. Michael Macinski, NMCPHC Commanding Officer. "The addition of the enhanced mental health questions will provide a good measure of the effects of the conflict on resilience and readiness."

Medical and Line leaders across the Department of Defense (DOD) have offered high-praise for the health status reports that are derived from these deployment health assessments.

"Our monthly Force Health reports provide senior Marine Corps leadership a snapshot of the health and concerns of the Force, enabling us to focus on risk reduction and prevention strategies that improve the health and well-being of our Marines." Said Capt. William Padgett, Director of Preventive Medicine, Health Services, Headquarters U.S. Marine Corps.

NMCPHC is part of the Navy Medicine team, a global health care network of 63,000 Navy medical personnel around the world who provide high-quality health care to more than one million eligible beneficiaries. Navy Medicine personnel deploy with Sailors and Marines worldwide, providing critical mission support aboard ship, in the air, under the sea and on the battlefield.

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MessagePosté le: Mar 29 Jan - 03:05 (2013)    Sujet du message: BRAINTRAIN ANNOUNCES COGNITIVE TRAINING SOFTWARE GIVEAWAY TO VETERANS HOSPITALS Répondre en citant


PRWeb | January 25, 2013

BrainTrain, Inc. is donating free licenses of its new cognitive training software, the Captain’s Log MindPower Builder, to help veterans suffering from brain injuries or PTSD. Find out more about the BrainTrain Veterans Special at http://www.braintrain.com/vetspecial.

Richmond, VA (PRWEB) January 25, 2013

BrainTrain, Inc. has launched an initiative to donate licenses of its newly released Captain’s Log MindPower Builder software free to help veterans suffering from brain injuries or PTSD. Soldiers often come back from their combat experiences with cognitive difficulties, many of which go unreported. The injuries they have sustained may appear to be mild or even non-existent, but the resulting cognitive problems can have a major negative impact on their relationships with their families and their ability to function in the workplace or academic environment. In the past, BrainTrain donated more than $500,000 worth of their cognitive training software to help these veterans. The company is continuing this tradition by donating licenses of the Captain’s Log MindPower Builder for a limited time to healthcare and mental health providers in military medical facilities for use in restoring these veterans’ mental health and cognitive functioning.

Only a few years ago, experts believed that cognitive abilities were static and unchangeable. A substantial body of research now supports that the brain can keep adapting and building throughout life. This ability to reorganize and create new neuronal connections, called “neuroplasticity,” is the science behind the Captain’s Log MindPower Builder. With systematic, comprehensive brain training, we can go far in correcting the cognitive deficits that impair many veterans’ ability to function.

People who have ever excelled in a sport or learned to play a musical instrument have some understanding of what it takes to train the brain, basically systematic, goal-oriented practice – and more practice. Designed by neuropsychologist Dr. Joseph A. Sandford, the Captain’s Log MindPower Builder is a comprehensive “mental gym.” It targets over twenty different cognitive skill areas, including processing speed, working memory, sustained attention, reasoning, and more. It features over 2000 game-like exercises, providing the variety needed for in-depth training. Beginning with basic skills training, the exercises advance systematically, adapting to the client’s specific strengths and weaknesses and urging him to test and expand his personal limits.

BrainTrain is asking clinicians who work with returning veterans to help make this software available to clients who they believe would benefit from using it. The offer is available only at the direct request of a health professional who works in a government or military medical facility. To receive the free software, veterans must be working with a healthcare professional. BrainTrain will not distribute it to them directly.

More information can be found at http://www.braintrain.com/vetspecial. The current offer extends only through February 28, 2013, so anyone wishing to take advantage of it will need to act quickly.

About BrainTrain, Inc.

BrainTrain, Inc., was founded in 1989 by Joseph A. Sandford, Ph.D. Before becoming a clinical psychologist, Dr. Sandford was a professional computer programmer, so when he began his practice working with head-injured clients, it was natural for him to perceive how the computer could be an indispensable tool for helping them. His vision of using the computer as a way to improve people’s quality of life through cognitive enhancement continues to define BrainTrain’s mission. BrainTrain’s software is currently used in all fifty states and in over fifty foreign countries.
BrainTrain's original Captain's Log system was the subject of one of the first peer-reviewed, published studies showing that computerized cognitive training works. Done at the Miami VAMC, this research study showed a 25% improvement in memory and mental processing speed after only 9 hours of training. For a bibliography of cognitive training research, visit http://www.braintrain.com/cognitive-training-research.

For more information, press only, contact:
Virginia Sandford, 804-320-0143, marketing(at)braintrain(dot)com
For full details about this special offer to help Veterans, please visit


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MessagePosté le: Ven 1 Fév - 02:56 (2013)    Sujet du message: AIR FORCE MENTAL HEALTH CLINICS OFFER RESILIENCY ENHANCEMENT VISITS Répondre en citant


Posted 1/30/2013 Updated 1/30/2013

by Staff Sgt. Amber Merefield
87th Medical Group

1/30/2013 - JOINT BASE MCGUIRE-DIX-LAKEHURST, N.J. (AFNS) -- Active-duty service members may be eligible for a program that offers four "off-the-record" visits at their local base mental health clinic.

The resiliency enhancement visits program, encourages active-duty service members who hesitate to seek mental health services to get the help they may need.

REVs are intended to provide support and education to members experiencing temporary reactions to stressors (i.e., adjustment reactions, grief, relationship and occupational problems). REVs are off-the-record meaning no mental health record will be established and no documentation in the electronic medical record will be made. REVs are completely voluntary; commanders and supervisors cannot direct people to participate.

A mental health clinic staff member will ask screening questions prior to the visit. If the service member is eligible, the REV will commence.

To be eligible for REV, service members must:
-- Self-refer.
-- Be on active-duty orders.

People who are ineligible include those who:
-- Have a current mental health, substance abuse or family advocacy record.
-- Have an active or recent mental health diagnosis (within the last two years).
-- Are at risk for or are reporting suicidal/homicidal behavior or ideation, or domestic violence.
-- Are currently taking psychotropic medications even if prescribed by a primary care manager

The REV program would not be appropriate for individuals who meet one or more of the four ineligibility criteria listed. They will be referred for a routine mental health assessment and treatment as necessary.

Call your local mental health clinic for more information or to schedule a resiliency enhancement visit.


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Published: January 28, 2013
Maharishi Foundation USA

 To reduce stress, a growing number of Marines are learning the TM technique.

By Maharishi Foundation USA

NEW YORK, Jan. 28, 2013 — /PRNewswire-iReach/ -- U.S. Marines and other active-duty military personnel who suffer from post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) are finding relief through a simple meditation technique known as the Transcendental Meditation (TM®) technique.

(Photo: http://photos.prnewswire.com/prnh/20130128/CG49338)
The rapidly growing interest among the military in the ancient practice has been spurred by modern science.

A study published in Military Medicine in 2011 found that veterans from the Iraq and Afghanistan wars who practiced the TM technique experienced a 50 percent reduction in symptoms of PTSD after just eight weeks of meditating.

Similar reductions were found in a study on Vietnam veterans conducted at the University of Colorado School of Medicine and published in the Journal of Counseling and Development in 1985.

Furthermore, findings from a randomized controlled study on cadets who practice the TM technique at Norwich University, the oldest private military college in America, found a marked increase in resilience to stress among the meditating cadets compared to controls.

According to the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs, up to 20 percent of Iraq and Afghanistan veterans, and 30 percent of Vietnam veterans have PTSD. Symptoms of the disorder can include acute anxiety, nightmares, outbursts of anger, and flashbacks of traumatic events.

Marine Gunnery Sergeant Richard Wilson, who was deployed to combat four times, was diagnosed with PTSD, depression and insomnia. The TM technique, he says, gave him a profound state of relaxation. "After meditating I find myself not so agitated with things around me. I am able to make better judgments—it has also helped me find more peace and happiness," Wilson says.

Marine Sergeant James Thrasher was diagnosed with PTSD as well as nerve problems in his leg. When he heard about the TM technique he was skeptical at first—but intrigued as well. He decided to give it a try. "The power of the TM meditation was surprising to me. Having that inner peace after meditation really emboldened me to deal with things that I'd been just kind of stuffing away. To be able to have relief from agitation, have relief from anger, frustration, sleeplessness, alcoholism, drug addiction—that's huge," Thrasher says.

Lieutenant Colonel Paul Swanson, advisor for the Marine Corps Wounded Warrior Affair Regiment, supports the use of the TM technique for men and women in the Armed Forces because, he says, it allows a person "get under all that noise, and find the peaceful place that is the 'you within the you.'"

Courses in the TM technique are offered to veterans and active-duty military personnel by Operation Warrior Wellness, a division of the David Lynch Foundation, a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit organization, which provides TM instruction at reduced or no cost to at-risk populations, including urban youth in underserved schools, women and children who have been victims of abuse, and veterans and their families who suffer from PTSD.

About the Transcendental Meditation technique

The TM technique is a simple, natural, effortless procedure practiced 20 minutes twice each day while sitting comfortably with the eyes closed. Extensive peer-reviewed research studies have found that TM reduces stress and anxiety, improves learning ability, and promotes wellness for mind and body.

The TM technique is available in the USA through Maharishi Foundation USA, a federally recognized non-profit educational organization. Through partnerships with other non-profit organizations and foundations, full TM scholarships have been given to more than 250,000 at-risk children, veterans suffering from PTSD, homeless people, and others.

To view this video on YouTube, please visit: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=s5ktpItj31E Media Contact: Christian Hoffmann Maharishi Foundation USA, 360-447-8108, christianh@tm.org

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LTRP Note: Prior to posting this Letter to the Editor, we checked out the NAMI website and discovered the promotion of Yoga, Reiki, and many other New Age type meditation practices. This organization offers classes to many groups: teens, children, veterans, etc. Another example of how mysticism has become widespread and how even many Christians are not recognizing it.

Hello Lighthouse Trails:

I always enjoy your articles and wanted to add that mysticism is indeed everywhere. I recently dropped out of a class [called Peer to Peer], which NAMI (National Alliance on Mental Illness) offered, because a large part of the class centered on mindfulness, a Buddhist practice. I found there was no way that I could escape this, especially since half of the class claimed to be Christian, even one of the facilitators.

My antennae went up the moment I heard it mentioned in the first class- we did not do it in that class. It was a promise for ‘later’ and I researched it. I hoped that I could defer my way out but no, they make you participate whether you want to or not. This is a very ‘PC’ organization so I cannot decide if I am or am not surprised at this. I probably should not be.

Thank you for your wonderful articles. They are a light to help guide in this dark world. (Of course the real light being Jesus and the Bible!) I appreciate the work that discernment ministries are doing. Please know that I keep you all in prayer, as financial support is often not in my reach.

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