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Reaching Those Who Suffer: What We Must Learn From Robin William's Suicide

Barbara Van Dahlen, Ph.D. | Posted 10.13.2014 | Impact
Barbara Van Dahlen, Ph.D.

As a society we do an extremely poor job of addressing mental health and mental illness. Access to care is indeed one problem for many. But our perceptions of and ideas about mental health and mental illness are far more destructive to those in need of care and support.

A Veteran Who Led by Example

Barbara Van Dahlen, Ph.D. | Posted 09.30.2014 | Impact
Barbara Van Dahlen, Ph.D.

Steve Robinson was a veterans advocate in Washington, D.C., working tirelessly for years, speaking out for those who had no voice, pushing on the Departments of Defense and Veterans Affairs to do more and do better.

Classy Awards Showcase a Different Kind of Achievement

Barbara Van Dahlen, Ph.D. | Posted 07.08.2014 | Impact
Barbara Van Dahlen, Ph.D.

Perhaps someday the creativity and passion that we celebrate in our culture will extend beyond the movie stars, recording artists and athletes who entertain us.

The Right Question to Ask

Barbara Van Dahlen, Ph.D. | Posted 06.15.2014 | Healthy Living
Barbara Van Dahlen, Ph.D.

Here is what we know so far about the recent tragedy at Ft. Hood. We know that 34-year-old U.S. Army Specialist Ivan Lopez was born in Puerto Rico. He...

Bipartisan Support for Those Who Serve

Barbara Van Dahlen, Ph.D. | Posted 02.19.2014 | Politics
Barbara Van Dahlen, Ph.D.

I have been impressed with the depth of understanding that many of those on the Hill have about the issues affecting returning troops and their families. And it isn't just the members of the House and Senate who are passionate about caring for those coming home from war. Many of the staffers who work on the Hill are veterans themselves.

Our Responsibility to Veterans

Barbara Van Dahlen, Ph.D. | Posted 01.23.2014 | Impact
Barbara Van Dahlen, Ph.D.

How can you really know how your coworker's or neighbor's transition home is going if you don't ask? It doesn't take much to start a conversation that could lead to a friendship that might change your life -- a relationship that could be of tremendous value to someone who has sacrificed so much for all of us.

On Being Human

Barbara Van Dahlen, Ph.D. | Posted 12.23.2013 | Impact
Barbara Van Dahlen, Ph.D.

It is important for us to honor and recognize those who behave bravely -- those who risk their lives to serve our country and those who save the lives of others. We should recognize and honor them whether their actions are intentional or reactive.

Lifting the Ban and Military Sexual Trauma

Barbara Van Dahlen, Ph.D. | Posted 04.01.2013 | World
Barbara Van Dahlen, Ph.D.

It is not surprising that the decision to lift the ban preventing women from serving in combat led immediately to widespread debate regarding the implications of the change for the military and for our society.

Attempted Suicide Is a Mental Health Issue

Major General Mark A. Graham | Posted 02.18.2013 | Impact
Major General Mark A. Graham

Our society continues to struggle to understand the factors that lead service members and veterans to choose to end their lives, as we search for successful programs and effective interventions.

Recognizing Options for Healing This Veterans Day

Barbara Van Dahlen, Ph.D. | Posted 01.13.2013 | Impact
Barbara Van Dahlen, Ph.D.

In 2005 I founded Give an Hour to provide help and hope to returning service members, veterans and their families. Over 6,500 mental health professionals have joined the Give an Hour network and are providing free mental health services across the country.

Psychological Wounds Take Toll on Post-9/11 Veterans

Barbara Van Dahlen, Ph.D. | Posted 11.12.2012 | Impact
Barbara Van Dahlen, Ph.D.

Many of those who have served on behalf of our nation will need our help as they transition home to our communities. The mental health providers who work with service members and veterans across the country every day hear it firsthand.

"Mentally Not a Warrior"

Lia Petridis Maiello | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Lia Petridis Maiello

Coleman Bean is one of 160 soldiers who took their lives in 2009; that is the highest level since 2003. Awareness has developed that this problem can no longer be trivialized. Even better, the Army is frantically looking for solutions.

Something We Can All Agree On: Voluntary Assistance to Veterans

Robert S. McElvaine | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Robert S. McElvaine

Americans have differed on the wars into which the former president took the nation, but we should all be able to agree on the need to provide the best possible care for those who served in them.