Army Mental Health Specialists Train to Treat Soldiers at Denver Health
November 12, 2018
This past rotation, the Army Specialists each worked with about 26 patients, learning valuable skills they can take back to their military work.
"The most common casualty in the Army is a psychiatric casualty," said Dr. Thurstone. "That can include managing stress related to combat, being overseas, separated from their families, problems with authority, depression, anxiety and post-traumatic stress disorder. As a mental health professional in the Army Reserve, we do what we can to help people keep it together and keep functioning."
Dr. Thurstone and Dr. Simpson put together an evaluation of the unique training program at Denver Health that is set to be published in the peer review journal Military Medicine.
"We can train the next generation of providers and, in turn, they come to Denver Health, and our patients get an opportunity to work with really skilled and committed clinicians," said Dr. Simpson. "Everyone wins, and this is the kind of thing you can only find at Denver Health.
"Soldiers are so grateful to have a mental health resource because mental health resources are so scarce in the military," said Dr. Thurstone.