This June 29, 2017, Mark C. Russell, Core Faculty in our PsyD in Clinical Psychology program, and Establishing Director of our Institute of War Stress Injury, Recovery, and Social Justice, was once again published in the HuffPost.
This latest publication is his 14th in the HuffPost and is summarized in its title: “After 214 Investigations isn’t it Time for a Department of Defense (DoD) Mental Health Accountability Act?“
A retired US Navy Commander and Military Clinical Psychologist, Russell is a tireless advocate for servicemembers and their communities, both during active service and after discharge. In this piece, he describes the power that the US military has in helping its servicemembers, and urges the military to take a leadership role in destigmatizing mental health care in the United States. In his words, “the military is so adept at changing attitudes that it’s not uncommon to hear of heroic self-sacrifices by individuals willing to eat an enemy’s hand grenade to protect their band of brothers and sisters”.
He also describes the complicated impact of discharging servicemembers with unidentified and/or untreated war stress injury back into civilian life, not only on the servicemembers themselves, but also the potential impact on veterans’ families, spouses, children, “and sometimes innocent by-standers”. Russell argues that identifying and treating war stress injury during military service, rather than waiting for servicemembers to transition into veteran life first, allows them to receive mental health treatment while connected to a military social support system, an “identity as a warrior”, and other benefits of military life.
Individuals interested in learning more about military mental health from Mark C. Russell and the Antioch University Seattle Institute of War Stress Injury, Recovery, and Social Justice are encouraged to attend our upcoming continuing education workshop, “The Politics of War Trauma: Ending the Generational Cycle of Mental Health Crisis“, which provides an opportunity to earn 5 MA/Psychologist CE credits.
The full article, “After 214 Investigations isn’t it Time for a Department of Defense (DoD) Mental Health Accountability Act?“ is available at the HuffPost.