How has coverage of mental health in the military evolved? From nothing to something.

An interesting interview: L. Tammy Duckworth of the Dept. of Veterans Affairs where she tells CNN’s John Roberts that not enough is being done in the arena of mental health and the military.

I got in touch with several war correspondents, but they all referred me to people they felt were more qualified – people who specifically cover mental health and the military. I was unaware that there were so many people covering this issue and what’s interesting about this is that it shows a change in the way mental health is being covered because now, unlike in the past, it is being talked about and treated as a serious issue. But all believe that more has to be done in eradicating the stigma associated with mental health.

One journalist did have this to say: “I did a bit of research on post-traumatic stress in the 90’s. This was something no one talked about at the time. A friend in Washington was beaten up by thugs and left in the street at 10am one morning. There was no reason for it. He was just in the wrong place at the wrong time. He suffered from PTSD for months after. So I went and met psychologists at the veterans’ hospital there..”

More from these sources once I interview them this week.

One journalist suggested that I contact the U.S. Army Public Affairs and the Dart Center (“The Dart Center for Journalism and Trauma, a project of the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism, is dedicated to informed, innovative and ethical news reporting on violence, conflict and tragedy.”) I plan to reach out to both.

I recommend reading the following article from Wired because, even taken out of the context of this paper, it is still a fascinating article and within the context of this paper, it offers great insight and information:

The Forgetting Pill Erases Painful Memories Forever

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