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  • How to talk to a child about a suicide attempt in your family
    - If there has been a recent suicide attempt in your family, this may be one of the toughest experiences you and your children may ever face. It is important to take care of yourself so that you are better able to care for your child. It is important to talk to your child about the ...
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  • New program puts military liaisons at mental health centers
    - CONCORD, N.H. (AP) — Each of New Hampshire's 10 community mental health centers will have a staff member devoted to helping veterans, military service members and their families connect with other community resources under a first-of-its-kind initiative being launched by the state's Department of Health and Human Services. Commissioner Nick Toumpas was joined by state ...
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  • Marine on life after severe injury: ‘Beauty is who you are’
    - A few years ago, Christina Geist was thumbing through a People magazine in a nail salon when she came across a story about an organization helping wounded veterans. Moved to tears, she rushed home to tell her husband, Willie, about what she had read. It was the TODAY anchor's first exposure to Operation Mend at ...
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  • Tetris video game may ease PTSD, study suggests
    - A new study out of Oxford University suggests that playing Tetris — the venerable puzzle game featuring interlocking shapes — can keep bad memories or flashbacks at bay, easing their frequency and impact on those who have experienced trauma. The research, from the same scientists who wrote in 2009 that Tetris reduced flashback frequency when ...
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  • Clinician’s Corner: Military psychological health experts answer providers’ treatment questions
    - To support Mental Health Awareness Month in May, experts from Defense Centers of Excellence for Psychological Health and Traumatic Brain Injury (DCoE) invited questions from health care providers who treat members of the military. The questions and answers appear below. Q: “Is there anything in the DoA/DoD regulations or elsewhere indicating that a service member ...
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  • A veteran suicide prevention network built by veterans
    - SALT LAKE CITY -- Six weeks ago Special Forces veteran Johnny Primo logged on to his Instagram account and says he was horrified to see a suicide note from a veteran who lived just a few miles away. The note read: "Very few people know the truth ... I want this in everyone's memory." Desperate ...
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  • Suicide rate of female military veterans is called ‘staggering’
    - New government research shows that female military veterans commit suicide at nearly six times the rate of other women, a startling finding that experts say poses disturbing questions about the backgrounds and experiences of women who serve in the armed forces. Their suicide rate is so high that it approaches that of male veterans, a ...
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  • Face of defense: service dog helps soldier move on
    - Master Sgt. Lyle Babcock is a combat veteran who’s served more than 30 years in the Army. He is an avid fisherman. He loves to kayak. He also suffers from post-traumatic stress disorder. Fortunately, he has help from a four-legged friend. Gunther, a 2-and-a-half year old, 100-pound yellow Labrador retriever, is Babcock’s service dog. His ...
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  • Don’t Give Up on Mental Health Treatment
    - It’s not a sprint, it’s a marathon. If you’ve had a coach, personal trainer, inspirational teacher, or a really motivational friend, there is a good chance you heard them say something similar. Most likely, they said this to you because they wanted to encourage you to keep working toward your goal – whatever it was. ...
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  • 2nd Annual Midlands Gives Campaign
    - On Tuesday, May 5, 2015, the Central Carolina Community Foundation is sponsoring the second Annual Midlands Gives Day. The goal for this day is to raise as much money for Midlands nonprofits as possible in a 24 hour period. The event will start at 12:00 AM (midnight) and go through 11:59 PM. All donations must ...
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  • Breaking the chain: PTSD, substance abuse and domestic violence
    - Last week, the Military Compensation and Retirement Modernization Commission (MCRMC) outlined its plans for a 21st century military system. And so they should because we now have an eye-popping 23,816,000 veterans alongside current personnel and all of their families. Few families are left untouched by our military in one way or the other. According to the ...
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  • December 2nd is the National Day of Giving
    - Hidden Wounds has joined #GivingTuesday, a first of its kind effort that will harness the collective power of a unique blend of partners—charities, families, businesses and individuals—to transform how people think about, talk about and participate in the giving season. Coinciding with the Thanksgiving Holiday and the kickoff of the holiday shopping season,  #GivingTuesday will ...
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  • DoD: It takes only one person to stop a suicide
    -   Just six days before the start of Suicide Prevention Month in September, Army Sgt. 1st Class Paula Walker, 33, barricaded herself inside an office at Fort Lee, Virginia, and, in what military leaders later described as “upset and rage,” killed herself with a personal firearm. The Aug. 25 death stands out for several reasons. ...
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  • Hidden Wounds partners with Sweat by Jamie Scott Fitness
    -   If you don't know what Sweat by JSF is then let us help. SWEAT offers a full-body, indoor-cycling workout that will change the way you think about “cardio.” The instructor will have you moving and working to the beat of the music so your mind and body remain engaged. Unlike traditional cycling classes, added ...
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  • Recent study says sniffing gas could prevent PTSD
    - Gas could help prevent post-traumatic stress disorder and other memory-related conditions, according to a new study. Researchers from McLean Hospital found that xenon gas, which is used in humans for anesthesia and diagnostic imaging, can help reduce the vividness of traumatic events. "In our study, we found that xenon gas has the capability of reducing ...
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  • Young war veteran shot, killed by police
    - A young war veteran was shot and killed by Germantown police officers Tuesday night just before 10 p.m. Justin Neil Davis' best friend, who asked to be called Val, told WMC Action News 5 that Davis went to Cameron Brown Park in Germantown off Farmington Boulevard because it is where he had happy memories of his ...
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  • Brain injury tied to dementia among military vets, reports study
    - New evidence suggests that traumatic brain injuries sustained during combat or other situations are contributors to dementia among veterans later in life. The study, published in the journal Neurology, also says that veterans who did suffer brain trauma were more likely to have Alzheimer's in later life. While studies have previously corroborated head injuries, especially in ...
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  • Study: High suicide rates for soldiers in, out of war
    - A massive Army study focusing on records from nearly a million soldiers provides a more detailed analysis of the suicides trend plaguing the service. Suicide rates soared among soldiers who went to war in Iraq and Afghanistan and those who never left the United States, according to the largest study ever conducted on suicide in ...
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  • Hearings on the Veterans Administration Mental Health Care
    - The House Veterans Affairs Committee held a hearing on improving access to mental health care services for former soldiers, and the level of care veterans receive for problems such as post-traumatic stress disorder and brain injury. The witnesses included Veterans Health Administration (VHA) officials, mental health experts, and family members of war veterans who killed ...
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  • VA health care failed suicidal vets, families testify
    - In March 2011, former Marine Clay Hunt faced a life full of promise. Having survived a gunshot wound and combat tours in Iraq and Afghanistan, he traveled to Haiti to do humanitarian work, had a new job and was shopping for a truck. Hunt was considered by many a poster-boy for suicide prevention, a veterans ...
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  • Eighteen holes to help heal soldiers’ Hidden Wounds
    - How can a round of golf help veterans with post-traumatic stress disorder? Start with a group of committed law students who are driven to serve those who have served our country. For the third straight year, two University of South Carolina School of Law student-led organizations, Service Members and Veterans in Law (SVL) and the Student Bar Association, ...
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  • Medal of Honor recipient offers advice to troops about PTSD and surviving war
    - By Jon Harper Stars and Stripes Published: April 23, 2014 WASHINGTON — Former Army Sgt. Kyle J. White, who will be awarded the Medal of Honor next month, said troops suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder shouldn’t suffer in silence. “There’s no shame in going and getting help,” White, who was diagnosed with PTSD before he left ...
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  • How Congress Plans to Prevent Military Suicides
    - By Jordain Carney May 7, 2014   Lawmakers hope to use an annual defense bill as a vehicle for mental-health screenings. Jacob Sexton, a 21-year-old member of the National Guard, fatally shot himself inside an Indiana movie theater during a two-week leave from Afghanistan in 2009. Sen. Joe Donnelly will unveil legislation Wednesday named after Sexton ...
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  • U.S. special forces struggle with record suicides
    - BY WARREN STROBEL (Reuters) - Suicides among U.S. special operations forces, including elite Navy SEALs and Army Rangers, are at record levels, a U.S. military official said on Thursday, citing the effects of more than a decade of "hard combat." The number of special operations forces committing suicide has held at record highs for the past ...
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  • Do You Turn to Alcohol for PTS Relief? You’re Not Alone, and Help is Available
    - By Liz Grow, MA, LPC It’s no secret that many adults use a drink to unwind after a long workday. For many, a glass of wine or a beer is a ritual that signals a transition out of the stress in the workplace and into to a more casual and comfortable mindset. Troops are no ...
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  • Marine’s inner struggle is the fight of his life
    - By Thomas Brennan The Daily News, Jacksonville, N.C. Published: April 8, 2014 It was a sensation that Marine Staff Sgt. Javier Jimenez could physically feel: the weight of life was literally crushing him. “You start running out of air, the room starts getting smaller around you and your heart starts pounding,” Jimenez said, describing the ...
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  • Suffering in Silence: Psychological Disorders and Soldiers in the American Civil War
    - By SARAH A. M. FORD Kutztown University of Pennsylvania Did soldiers of the American Civil War suffer from post-traumatic stress disorder and other psychological disorders? It has only been several decades since mental illness attributed to war conditions was clinically recognized. Recent research has shown a strong positive correlation between war time events such as ...
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  • Marine battled back, yet fell to suicide
    -     By Gretel C. Kovach MARCH 28, 2014 *GRAPHIC LANGUAGE He rarely spoke of it. Not to his family or best buddies, fellow Marines or medical staff watching over him. But Cpl. Farrell Gilliam had endured far more by the time he died this year at age 25 than most people could comprehend. The Camp Pendleton ...
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  • Attorney, family wish troubled veteran had received help sooner
    - BY JASON KOTOWSKI Californian staff writer jkotowski@bakersfield.com Steven Cordova rose to the rank of lieutenant in the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation, and served in the U.S. Navy and later with the U.S. Army Reserve in Kuwait. He never had trouble with law enforcement until the day last November he told his family to ...
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  • Iraq war vet introduces military suicide bill
    - By Ashley Fantz, CNN The first Iraq war combat veteran to serve in the U.S. Senate introduced legislation on Thursday aimed at reducing the number of military veterans who commit suicide. No matter the cost of the measures urged in the sweeping bill, "that is the cost of war," Democratic Sen. John Walsh of Montana ...
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  • Ending it all by their own hand: Corps probes Marine suicides
    - By: Brett Kelman and Drew Schmenner The (Palm Springs, Calif.) Desert Sun As the sun rose over the sleepy desert town of Yucca Valley, Sgt. Martin Francis Scahill stood in his backyard, a black 12-gauge shotgun pressed against his chin, a single shell in the chamber. After contemplating suicide for months, Scahill pulled the trigger. His ...
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  • How to know the signs of TBI
    - Army.mil WIESBADEN, Germany -- Blurry vision, dizziness, mood swings, sleep problems and memory problems: these are all symptoms of traumatic brain injuries, or TBIs, and can last from a few days to a lifetime, depending on the treatment and severity. March is Brain Injury Awareness Month. A brain injury can happen anytime, anywhere, to anyone. Brain ...
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  • Vet Launches Suicide Prevention Campaign: ‘I Am A Suicide Survivor … And I Am Not Embarrassed By It’
    - Out on a mission one day in northern Iraq in 2009, a convoy of gun trucks grinds through rising dust. In the turret of the lead truck, Spc. Andrew O'Brien, 21, crouches behind his .50-caliber machine gun. His job: to watch for IEDs, improvised explosive devices. He swivels anxiously to watch the passing landscape for ...
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  • $250K awarded to help Alabama Veterans suffering from PTSD
    - David Lynch Foundation Announces $250,000 Grant to Teach Transcendental Meditation to Alabama Vets with PTSD. Birmingham, Alabama, The David Lynch Foundation (DLF) has announced a $250,000 grant to provide Alabama veterans suffering from Post-Traumatic-Stress-Syndrome  (PTSD) an opportunity to learn Transcendental Meditation (TM). The DLF was established by the film-maker David Lynch in 2005 to fund the ...
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  • The Marlboro Marine: 2004 and Today
    - Two lives blurred together by a photo. By Luis Sinco, Times Staff Photographer Times photographer Luis Sinco made James Blake Miller an emblem of the war. The image would change both of their lives and connect them in ways neither imagined. The young marine lighted a cigarette and let it dangle. White smoke wafted around ...
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  • 10 Actions for Responding to a Veteran in Crisis
    - For more than a decade now, our country has been at war in two very different locations, with very different missions. In that time, more than 2.2 million troops have deployed and served in those bloody conflicts. They have endured unimaginable heat, bitter cold, and sand storms that peel the skin off your bones; they’ve ...
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  • Bush hosts summit on helping veterans transition
    - DALLAS (AP) — Efforts must be made to end the stigma attached to post-traumatic stress disorder, which can hinder military veterans' transition into civilian life and employment, former President George W. Bush said Wednesday. Addressing a summit at the George W. Bush Institute in Dallas, Bush said some veterans are reluctant to seek help and ...
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  • Suicides in the Army declined sharply in 2013
    - FORT CARSON, Colo. — Suicides in the Army fell by 19 percent in 2013, dramatically reversing a rising trend plaguing the Army for almost 10 years. There were 150 suicides among soldiers on active-duty status last year, down from a record 185 in 2012, according to Army data. The numbers include both confirmed and suspected ...
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  • Report: Suicide rate spikes among young veterans
    - WASHINGTON -- The number of young veterans committing suicide jumped dramatically from 2009 to 2011, a worrying trend that Veterans Affairs officials hope can be reversed with more treatment and intervention. New suicide data released by the department on Thursday showed that the rate of veterans suicide remained largely unchanged over that three-year period, the ...
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  • Message from Secretary Hagel on Suicide Prevention Month
    - The Department of Defense has no more important responsibility than supporting and protecting those who defend our country and that means we must do everything possible to prevent military suicide. As we observe Suicide Prevention Month, the entire DoD community – Service members, civilians, members of our families and leaders at every level – must ...
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  • The War Within: Treating PTSD
    - CBS News-60 Minutes gets a rare look inside new therapy sessions that are changing the lives of vets who suffer from post-traumatic stress disorder The videos from the 60 Minutes interviews are exactly what veterans are going through today. We encourage you to watch the videos take the advice given from the veterans and medical ...
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  • MILITARY SUICIDES DROP 2013
    - WASHINGTON (AP) - Suicides across the military have dropped by more than 22 percent this year, defense officials said, amid an array of new programs targeting what the Defense Department calls an epidemic that took more service members' lives last year than the war in Afghanistan did during that same period. Military officials, however, were reluctant ...
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  • A Sharp Knife For A Young Life
    - One year ago today, I looked in my younger brother’s eyes before departing on his trek to St. Simons Island, Georgia to visit our parents, and said “Mills, I love you. I’m glad you’re my brother and I want you to stay strong and remember that we all love you and will continue to find ...
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  • The Art of Healing
    - The Art Of Healing begins August 1, 2013 “The Art of Healing,” a collaboration with Hidden Wounds, a non-profit aiming to provide peace of mind and comfort for military personnel suffering combat stress injuries and other postwar challenges, is designed to benefit those suffering from post traumatic stress disorder and traumatic brain injuries through artistic ...
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  • FOX54 Special Report: Help for Military with “Hidden Wounds”
    - FOX54 Special Report: Help for Military with "Hidden Wounds" By Jake Wallace - bio | email This year brought one of the worst months on record for military suicides. In July the rate doubled the amount of suicided for civilians. The main cause - post-traumatic stress disorder. It's an illness one woman is fighting in ...
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  • Helping the Hurting: Chronic Illness and Your Mental Health Resource Fair
    - Helping the Hurting: Chronic Illness and Your Mental Health   When Friday September 13, 2013 from 8:15 AM to 3:00 PM EDT Add to Calendar     Where Midlands Technical College Airport Campus 1260 Lexington Drive West Columbia, SC 29170 Driving Directions   Mental Health America of South Carolina  Midlands Technical College  NAMI Mid- Carolina ...
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  • Dr Nancy Brown, Helping Vets With Hidden Scars
    - Helping vets with hidden scars By Jeff Stensland, stenslan@mailbox.sc.edu, 803-777-3686 Social work professor Nancy Brown vividly remembers driving to her house in Forest Acres after her son, Will, was deployed to Iraq in 2009. For months whenever she turned the final corner onto her street her heart would start racing and she would become filled ...
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  • June 27, 2013 National PTSD Awareness Day Rally, S.C. State House 2:20PM
    -   FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE CONTACT: Ashley Randall                                                                Public Relations Director                                                                                                 Phone: (803) 873-6540                                                                                                 socialmedia@hiddenwounds.org   Hidden Wounds Host National PTSD Awareness Day ...
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  • A letter to PTSD
    - Dear PTSD, Before you came into my life, I had heard rumors. Back then, no one really spoke about you unless it was in hushed whispers. No one knew for sure what you looked like- but I heard you did unspeakable things... that you crept into bed with husbands and seduced them away from their ...
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  • Watch Alex’s Story
    - Meet Alex. He served two tours in Afghanistan and one in Iraq. He came home with emotional scars and we stepped in and helped. We hope you will take the time to watch this video and learn how we helped Alex deal with his injuries. Alex's story shows exactly why we started our organization, Hidden ...
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  • 22 Today
    - Did you know that today, 22 United States veterans will take their own lives? Did you know that you can help prevent that? It's frightening to think, but the Department of Veterans Affairs recently reported that roughly 22 military veterans commit suicide EACH DAY. Calculate that out over the course of the year, and it ...
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  • South Carolina Non-profit, Hidden Wounds, Reports Successful First Year
    - COLUMBIA, SC – Hidden Wounds successfully completed its first year of operations on Jan 1. Under the direction of Anna Bigham, founder and executive director and Chris Younts, co-founder and chief financial officer, and through the efforts of a core group of volunteers, Hidden Wounds was able to assist 68 veterans, more than one per ...
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  • Fatz Café to Host Second Annual Pancake Fundraiser to Benefit Hidden Wounds
    - COLUMBIA, SC – Several Fatz Café locations across the state are hosting a pancake breakfast fundraiser on November 13, the Saturday following Veteran’s Day. Proceeds from the breakfast will benefit Columbia based non-profit Hidden Wounds and the immediate psychological injury treatments for veterans and military personnel in need. 13st In September alone, the organization funded ...
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  • Marine’s suicide shines light on depression
    - By CHUCK CRUMBO – © 2010 TheState.com Published - Tuesday, Feb. 02, 2010 Mills Bigham was a 19-year-old Marine in Iraq when he made his first kill.While on a foot patrol, someone hurled a grenade at Bigham’s squad. Bigham, who was at the point, turned and fired.” I pulled the trigger quickly, twice. Pop… pop,” ...
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