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Just as an EKG is a more effective tool to diagnose cardiac disease than asking a patient how his or her heart feels, these new data sources could radically change our ability to track mental health.
           
Ingrid Herrera-Yee
November 25, 2014
                  
"Technology's Latest Quest: Tracking Mental Health"

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Average care isn't good enough. On the access side they want to see if the data tells the true story. Families say access is still an issue.
           
Ingrid Herrera-Yee
November 25, 2014
                  
"Report Finds ‘Average Care’ by MHS; DoD Officials Not Satisfied"

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‘They’re Still At War When They Come Home’: Soldier’s Mother Struggles With His Suicide
Ingrid Herrera-Yee
September 19, 2014
                  
For Tammy Sprague Gallagher of Raynham, this has become a daily ritual. She spends a few moments in front of her dresser, which is covered with pictures of her son, Joaquin Pereira Jr., and his military medals.

Pereira was 25 when he died by suicide last October.

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Private Effort to Address Veterans' Mental Health Needs Could Aid VA Health Care Reform
Ingrid Herrera-Yee
September 19, 2014
                  
A unique partnership to support private efforts to provide mental health services to veterans and their families could provide a model for similar efforts should federal officials decide to expand privately provided health care as part of reform of the VA health system, according to a new RAND Corporation report.

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ACA’s first counselor compensation study reports varied pay, good benefits
Ingrid Herrera-Yee
September 19, 2014
                  
Mental health counselors struggle with lower paying jobs in various areas of the country.

"The American Counseling Association recently released its 2014 counselor compensation survey, the organization’s first large-scale effort to determine the salary levels, health care and other benefits earned by those in the counseling profession.
The project determined that the average primary salary for counselor educators is $66,405 annually. Rehabilitation counselors make $53,561 on average annually, while school counselors have an average salary of $53,299 per year. Mental health, clinical mental health and community counselors were found to have the lowest average annual salary at $40,422. All other counselor specialties were put into the category “other,” which was determined to have an average primary salary of $51,074 annually."

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As many as 80,000 veterans with PTSD could gain discharge upgrades
Ingrid Herrera-Yee
September 18, 2014
                  
As many as 80,000 veterans who suffered from post-traumatic stress and received Other Than Honorable discharges can use evidence of their PTSD to petition service boards to upgrade the bad paper discharge. At stake for individuals is removal of lifelong stigmas that have scarred reputations, limited job prospects and blocked critical veteran benefits.

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Massachusetts Army National Guard Is Fighting A War Against Suicide
Ingrid Herrera-Yee
September 18, 2014
                  
Here is a really good example about how the Army National Guard is tackling the problem of suicide among its service members.

"Two years ago, Radke was living with his wife and two young children in the moldy basement of his parents’ house. He had recently returned from 2 1/2 years of training, deployment to Afghanistan and post-deployment treatment. He was suffering from post traumatic stress disorder and traumatic brain injury — with mood swings, massive headaches, dizziness and sleep problems. He had missed the birth of his first son, who was now a toddler and barely recognized him. His wife was upset he had been gone so long. He says he had been denied Social Security disability benefits and had long waiting periods for medical appointments at the VA hospital..."

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"Signs of Struggle? How to Help" by Dr. Herrera-Yee
Ingrid Herrera-Yee
September 14, 2014

Dr. Herrera-Yee recently published an article in this month's online issue of Military Spouse Magazine. Be sure to stop by and take a read!

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Marine Hotline Helps Battle Buddies Overcome Crises:
Ingrid Herrera-Yee
September 18, 2014
                  
Marine Hotline Helps Battle Buddies Overcome Crises: The DSTRESS Line provides anonymous counseling services to Marines and their families 24 hours a day, seven days a week, 365 days a year. The calls are fielded by veteran Marines and their family members, as well as licensed clinical counselors who have learned about the Corps.

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USF College of Nursing Study
Ingrid Herrera-Yee
September 18, 2014
                  
They served our country, but some military veterans find themselves having problems at home, because of post-traumatic stress disorder.

The USF College of Nursing is doing research on a new therapy for PTSD called Accelerated Resolution Therapy. More veterans are needed to participate in the study. Veterans can receive the therapy for free. If you or someone you know are interested call the USF College of Nursing at (813) 974-9310
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