Resources for covering mental health and the military
The Association of Health Care Journalists offers resources to help journalists cover the wide range of health topics, including those surrounding the military, veterans and post-traumatic stress disorder. Members and other journalists write articles and tip sheets specifically for AHCJ about how they have reported a story, issues that our members are likely to cover and other important topics.
Conference presentation from Gerald Cross, M.D., principal deputy under secretary for health, Veterans Health Administration, Department of Veterans Affairs, on the medical system's looming military-related demands panel at Health Journalism 2008.
Conference presentation from Larry Albers, M.D., chief of the Mental Health Care Group, Long Beach VA Healthcare System about the mental health of veterans returning from Operation Iraqi Freedom and Operation Enduring Freedom, from Health Journalism 2007.
Conference presentation from Mark Barad, M.D., Ph.D., associate professor of psychiatry and biobehavioral sciences at UCLA, from a panel at Health Journalism 2007: "New generation of veterans deals with post-traumatic stress."
Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration
SAMHSA's National Survey on Drug Use and Health found that 7 percent of veterans aged 18 or older experienced serious psychological distress in the past year, 7.1 percent met the criteria for a substance use disorder, and 1.5 percent had co-occurring serious psychological distress and substance use disorder.
(Questionnaires are only available to members.)
2008 Body of Work, Carol Smith of the Seattle Post-Intelligencer explores the complexities of a failing mental health system and the link between PTSD and brain damage.