To strengthen the naval profession, more attention and resources must be allocated to naval mental health providers. Awareness of and training regarding mental health and resilience are the essential principles to developing a stronger Navy.
I would like to illustrate concerns from my personal experience as a legal professional in the Navy. I have processed many nonjudicial punishments and administrative boards, as well as managed liberty risk programs. Mental health is often overlooked and unchecked, but it is equally as important as physical health.
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