Study finds that unit cohesion may mitigate mental health issues from combat exposure

Study finds that unit cohesion may mitigate mental health issues from combat exposure
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Concerns around the mental health of returning service members—particularly those with combat exposure—continues to dominate discussion amongst military and medical professionals.

A range of mental health issues, including post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), depression, and suicidal ideation, commonly surface in service members post-deployment. Honoring the service members who protect us, then, involves actively seeking to mitigate these effects and to protect them, too.

To this end, the U.S. Department of Defense funded a study to determine the impact of unit cohesion during deployment on post-deployment mental health—and the findings show that taking a more preliminary approach to addressing mental health may be the way forward.

“Our team identified unit cohesion, the shared identity and mutually supportive relationships that develop among members of the same unit, as the key potential factor for reducing the adverse mental health outcomes of combat exposure,” Flynn says.

Using longitudinal survey data

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Marines may waive combat fitness tests for service members at risk for coronavirus – Pacific

Marines may waive combat fitness tests for service members at risk for coronavirus

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Marine Corps commanders may issue waivers for Marines, or even whole units, for semi-annual combat fitness tests if the testing sites cannot accommodate safety measures to protect against the coronavirus, a spokesman for III Marine Expeditionary Force on Okinawa said Monday.

The Corps is putting mitigating steps in place, such as screening Marines and taking their temperatures before the tests, disinfecting equipment and mandating face masks, said 1st Lt. Pawel Puczko by email to Stars and Stripes. He said Marines who are at a higher risk of contracting the coronavirus or share quarters with someone who is at a higher

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Libyan Healthcare Professionals come together to combat COVID-19 – Libya

TRIPOLI, 16 September 2020 – A group of Libyan healthcare professionals from across the country met in Tripoli, Benghazi and Sebha to participate via a video teleconference in the first of a series of UN-supported technical exchanges to combat COVID-19. The aim of the initiative by Libyan healthcare professionals, which is supported by the United Nations Support Mission in Libya (UNSMIL) and the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) and undertaken in cooperation with the World Health Organization (WHO), is to strengthen the response to COVID-19 and discuss, at the technical-level, ways to address gaps in service delivery. These discussions will help increase awareness around needs and response planning on COVID-19 issues seeking to build longer-term mechanisms for public health cooperation across the country.

During the first consultation session held on 12 september, 28 participants from cities across the country identified needs and discussed joint initiatives to enhance prevention, detection, and

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How Combat Training Supports Mind And Body Transformation

Mixed martial arts or MMA has been incorporated in many fitness programs providing a structured, intensive and fun form of physical engagement. Classes are available for both adults and youth offering a multitude of health benefits including mental focus, core strength and endurance. Professional programs provide an educational and innovative approach to training individuals and groups.

Combat sports have become popular in the world of fitness introducing a creative and exciting way to perform exercises in a safe environment. The combination of MMA and conventional workouts has revolutionized the manner in which one can train to reach specific health and life goals. It is beneficial for adults and children teaching new skill sets, physicality and discipline in a safe and engaging community.

Instruction provided by a skilled and experienced trainer assists in modifying lifestyles through structured lessons. Technique aims to build stamina, muscle tone, flexibility and overall confidence in physical … Read More