Mental Health Aid In Afghanistan

The Army is doubling the number of mental health specialists in Afghanistan to address soldiers’ psychological troubles due to combat stress. The Army had about 43 behavioral health personnel in Afghanistan, one for every 1,100 soldiers. The Army is working to improve that ratio to one for every 700 soldiers, and to assign more mental health providers to brigades and battalions. About 30 percent of soldiers who have deployed three times or more meet the criteria for having a psychological problem, compared with about 14 percent on the first deployment and 18 percent on the second deployment. 65 mental health specialists will join 43 specialists in Afghanistan in an effort to reach more of the 68,000 U.S. troops.

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