Mon November 30, 2009
Fort Campbell Mental Health
Fort Campbell, KY – Army brigade leaders at Fort Campbell have begun monthly meetings to catch early signs of dangerous stress among their troops and intervene before soldiers hurt themselves or others.
It's a unique effort that fits with the Army's broader initiatives to deal with a rise in soldier suicides. Fort Campbell is also embedding counselors and social workers in the brigades.
Division psychiatrist for the 101st Airborne, Captain Sebastian Schnellbacher, says commanders want to bring care closer to soldiers. Under the new structure, each brigade has a team of doctors, chaplains, legal officers and social workers who meet regularly to discuss signs of trouble among individual soldiers and brigade-wide.