Listen: Minnesota Army National Guard, Depression, Captain Tamra discussed on Minnesota Military Radio Hour
"Of all the equipment, you're there to make sure that our soldiers are in great shape, mentally, and ready to go. Absolutely in. How did you how, how long have you been in, in the military going onto and a half years now? So I was a direct commission to the Minnesota army national guard, which means you came out of college. What that means is that I received my education got licensed clinical social worker, and then after that was recruited. I'm directly in as a captain to the Minnesota army national guard. All pretty nice start out as. From there. Are you having fun with it? I love it in power shoulders what kind of shape or they? Well, I think that there's, there's several different trends that are going on. We've been working in and behavioral health for well over eight years in the Minnesota army national guard really tweaking and refining what we do in our programs. One of the most current trends that we have is, is soldiers who you know, are describing a lot of exactly depressive, symptoms, and the surrounding, you know, every day civilian life, whether it be finances with their relationships job, managing all their duties on the military and civilian side. So we see that I'm pretty frequently one of the things that we really try to work hard ad is, is really working with the soldier before becomes a crisis so working with them as they are developing some symptoms and working on coping mechanisms skills to. Summit, reverse those symptoms. They're experiencing. So captain, just as an observer over nine years of doing the show. We see that our army national guard. Soldiers are citizens soldiers. They most of them have families spouses children. They have civilian jobs. They're called upon to do more than just one weekend a month. Two weekends in in the summer. They're repeated deployments over the last couple of decades. I see that as a recipe for some issues. And how can they be resilient? Then there's no end in sight. There's more jobs coming up as Kim told us. Right. Absolutely. All these things combined just create more stressors, and I think the, the main way to combat that, that recipe for disasters, you say is, is being proactive with it. So, for example, a large amount of soldiers who will be going to the exercises down at Fort Hood, this summer. We're really working with them now I'm working with their families now and how they manage that situation to think about how things that may come up during their time away. I'm and how to be proactive with it. And it's not just the soldier as you're saying the employer. It's the family and children, an extended family and friends said, also will be under more stress other deployed or away at different exercises. So it's about being proactive, and that's, that's our number one. If I could say, there's like a secret ingredient in the recipe is about being proactive. It's about thinking about these situations beforehand. So often we think about physical fitness in the military. We think about training for our, you know, PT test, we've think about doing pushups sit ups in running, but we don't think about our mental wellness in the same way we only think about it, when it's gotten to a point of crisis, unfortunately. And so our job in what we've really refined over the last several years now is being proactive in that pursuit speaking with captain tamra, UD, Minnesota military radio and captain seems to me that in your position watching for the behavioral. Health of our soldiers along with the chaplains corps, which has great job. Talk about the, the religious aspects those things seems to me just from observer, don't have your training that our soldiers need to get into a place in their mind or state of mind were, this is the new normal. Their family has to get their, their employers have to get their shave. Okay, we've elected we're going to do this. And so how do we balance all of these things, and how do we keep it healthy? And in how do we stay resilient over a period of time? Yeah. So, yeah, I mean, it's gone from this, this two weeks, a year one weekend a month. Jobs, so to speak, too much more than that. And I think it's about expectations going in, so, you know, I think soldiers going in now are aware that the commitment is very different than it was prior to nine eleven. And so I think that I think the communication, I think the being proactive and the balancing it all there's no secret recipe or ingredient here. But once again, if you can do one thing it's about being proactive, and that's something that we work hard on it. And the behavioral health side is, is going in and working my soldiers before there's issues, whether it's briefings or you know, working one on one captain, we've had experts on we've talked about suicide prevention on the show quite a few times. And one of the things we talk about is watching for a change in your veteran watching for some depression watching for something that's out of the ordinary. Does that apply to this as well? Absolutely absolutely. So, you know anything from changing in sleep habits. Eating habits not wanting to be involved in whether it's, you know, normal group situations or social situations. All those are, are perfect signs that, you know, they're experiencing whether it be or depression symptoms. So those are very important things to, to look out for whether it's your battle, buddy, whether it's your spouse, or your friend, if we observe something or see something in in we call, you, do you have methodology, you have the means you have the ability to help solve those issues. I absolutely. So we have appointed contact for every single unit and the Minnesota army national guard, who is a licensed, mental health professional, and they're available, they go to weekend drills there. Well connected with each of these Unisys been going on for number of years now. And in like I said earlier, it's about refining what is happening because our population in the. In the national guard is changing. We see different. Generations, come in with different needs different upbringings, and that looks different. And so we have to change our programming as as the force changes as well. Captain take a short break. Come back on talk some more about soldier in veteran."