Ultural influences & impact of military life on individuals and families

Objective: Understand the cultural influences and impact of military life on individuals and families. Evaluate the availability of local and national resources to the individuals and families affiliated with military life. Specifically, the focus of the assignment is to understand real-life mental health resources available to the unique military individuals and families in the studentas geographical locales of California and Washington. Webliography resources can include resources from the Internet, local and national sources, films, movies, books, community resources, and professional groups.

1) Research local and national services and resources available to individuals and families affiliated with the military and write a short paper. The focus of the research is on exploration of the real-life mental health resources or services are available to military individuals and their families. If the student contacts or talks to a local or national resource, explain to them that you are in graduate school and as part of your education and training, you are trying to learn more about available mental health resources or services in your local geographical locale. You are not trying to explore any specific type of mental health issue the military may be dealing with, but to understand the general and specific mental health resources or services available to individuals and families affiliated with military life. Write a 2-page paper on your findings and include your reaction. Submit the written assignment in the second forum for this week before the next class.

General questions you could ask: What general kinds of mental health needs do individuals or families affiliated with the military have? What specific mental health services and resources are available in your local geographical locale? How easy or hard is it to access mental health services and resources? What is specifically difficult about accessing mental services and resources? How do individuals or families feel or think about getting mental health services and resources? Inquire how does the process of getting mental health services resource affect the individualas relationships and family life? What could be done to improve access to mental health services and resources?

2) Using the Internet, local and national sources, films, movies, books, community resources, and professional groups, look for mental health services and resources and the referral access assistance. Find out about referral process for individuals and families affiliated with the military to access the mental health services and resources in your local geographical locale. Create a webliography and post the information of your findings on Discussion Board. Other students can review and share the information.