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Army Secretary Urges Soldier Mental Health Resilience Training

The step is part of an effort to improve the Army's coordination of mental health programs and to address increasing military suicide rates.

Los Angeles Times: Army Secretary Calls For Mental Health 'Resilience' Training
With suicides in the Army reaching another record in 2012, Army Secretary John McHugh said Monday he is reviewing recommendations from a study of soldier behavioral health evaluations and intends to adopt mental health "resilience" training for all soldiers (Murphy, 2/4).

The Associated Press/Washington Post: Army Secretary Visits Joint Base Lewis-McChord To Review Behavioral Health Evaluations
Army leadership is looking to improve coordination among its mental health programs and other soldier-resilience efforts, acknowledging Monday that a patchwork system of tools is often confusing for both commanders and soldiers. Army Secretary John McHugh said he has asked Army officials to finish a plan for an overhaul in the next couple weeks (2/4).

Reuters: U.S. Army To Build Soldier 'Resilience' To Fight Suicides, Violence
The U.S. Army, grappling with a spike in military suicides, plans to take steps to improve soldiers' resilience to mental health problems to combat such deaths as well as depression, substance abuse, and violent behavior, Army Secretary John McHugh said on Monday. McHugh ordered Army officials to lay out detailed plans by February 15 to boost soldiers' "physical, emotional and psychological resilience," but did not reveal program specifics, such as estimated costs or goals (Myers, 2/4).

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