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Program to detect mental health issues

Post by Scott Fontaine on Sep. 11, 2009 at 9:31 am with No Comments »
September 11, 2009 9:31 am

Madigan Army Medical Center will host a ribbon-cutting ceremony Monday on the improved version Self Evaluation for Life Fitness, which builds off a four-year-old pilot program that requires every soldier returning from a deployment to see a medical and behavioral-health provider.

The program uses computer-based self assessments that can detect immediate health needs, like depression, anxiety or physical health issues, according to a Madigan press release.

The program’s precursor was launched in 2005 as Fort Lewis and has been expanded to Schofield Barracks, Hawaii, earlier this year.

The goal of the program is primarily mental health, Dr. H. Quigg Davis, the chief of SELF at Madigan, said in a release.

It’s part of a larger push for better mental health resources across the military. The Department of Defense on Thursday announced that as many as 11 active-duty service members killed themselves.

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