Tip Sheets

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.

Tip Sheets

Issues facing female veterans and women on active duty

Disaster coverage: Is your newsroom prepared?

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."


Interviewing 'profoundly affected' soldiers

Tips for interviewing service members returning from Iraq, the Middle East or Afghanistan

Bay Area panel on veterans' health highlights untold stories

Web sites

Dart Center for Journalism and Trauma

National Center for Posttraumatic Stress Disorder

PILOTS Database: Electronic index to traumatic stress literature

Psychological distress, substance abuse in veterans

American Psychological Association resources on PTSD

National Center for Posttraumatic Stress Disorder

Mental Health America

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.

Award winners

(Questionnaires are only available to members.)

Love, War, and PTSD: Anna and Peter Mohan

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.