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Mental Health Training

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Technical Report

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Science and Technology Organization Neuilly-sur-Seine Cedex,

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Military service and combat place a tremendous burden on its service members. Yet, there is muchthat national militaries can do to prepare their service members for the military tasks that servicemembers are asked to perform. Building mental health resilience through training is one of thesethings. By building resilience, service members will be able to self-monitor more effectively whenthey are under high performance demands, and be able to more effectively observe and help mitigatethe stress demands of their buddies. Resilience training should begin as soon as possible duringmilitary service. The expert consensus is that resilience training should begin during basic training.In this report, the Research Technical Group has identified four key resilience skills that all basictrainees should master. These skills include acceptance and control goal setting self-talk andtactical breathing. These four resilience skills are presented within a mental health continuumframework a framework that focuses on service members self-evaluation to enable them tomaintain healthy thoughts, emotions and physical reactionsbehaviors. Practical exercises toreinforce these four skills are provided. A trainers guide and an implementation guide are alsoprovided to assist in the implementation.


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  • Psychology
  • Personnel Management and Labor Relations
  • Military Forces and Organizations

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