Although the phrase, death is a part of life, is commonly stated, discussions about death and informing those who are impacted by it remain uncomfortable topics for professionals. Recently, researchers at the Center for the Study of Traumatic Stress created an informational guide titled Notifying Family Members After Unexpected Deaths: Guidelines for Healthcare Providers that is readily available online:
In the United States military, approximately 1 in 16 service members identifies as lesbian, gay, bisexual (LGB), or transgender (Meadows et al., 2018). Military environments marked by sexual prejudice and discrimination can create an atmosphere where acts of sexual harassment and assault are normalized (Castro et al., 2015; Hunter, 2007; Sadler et al., 2003). Understanding the burden of sexual and stalking victimization among LGBT service members is crucial for military leaders, as well as clinicians and researchers working to promote and protect LGBT service members’ well-being.
As it has become widely known, PTSD and depression often go hand-in-hand among civilians and Service members alike, but particularly so among veterans. Specifically, there is an estimated comorbidity rate of 50% between PTSD and major depressive disorder (MDD) among civilians (Rytwinski, Scur, Feeny, & Youngstrom, 2013) and Active Duty Service Members (Walter, Levine, Highfill-McRoy, Navarro, & Thomsen, 2018), with slightly higher rates among veterans (Rytwinski et al., 2013).