Battlemind is both the mental orientation developed during a combat zone deployment and a program developed at Walter Reed Army Institute of Research (WRAIR) intended to reduce its impact on personal post-deployment issues.
In the definition provided by the U.S. Army Medical Command
"Battlemind is the Soldier's inner strength to face fear and adversity with courage. Key components include:
- Self confidence: taking calculated risks and handling challenges.
- Mental toughness: overcoming obstacles or setbacks and maintaining positive thoughts during times of adversity and challenge."
The significance of Battlemind in the Medical Command's context is that "Battlemind skills helped you survive in combat, but may cause you problems if not adapted when you get home."
The first Battlemind product was a mental health post-deployment briefing. It quickly became a training system supporting soldiers and families across the seven phases of the deployment cycle.
The Battlemind system now includes separate pre-deployment training modules for soldiers, unit leaders, health care providers and spouses. Psychological debriefings are given in theater and upon redeployment. There is also a post-deployment module for spouses and several post-deployment modules for soldiers.
- "Battlemind Information". U.S. Army Medical Command. May 15, 2008. Archived from the original on 29 May 2008. Retrieved May 22, 2008.
- Crosbie E. Saint (1992). Battlemind guidelines for battalion commanders. Headquarters, U.S. Army, Europe and Seventh Army.
- Julia M. Whealin; Lorie T. DeCarvalho; Edward M. Vega (2008). Clinician's Guide to Treating Stress After War: Education and Coping Interventions for Veterans. Wiley. ISBN 978-0-470-25777-7.
- Julia M. Whealin; Lorie T. DeCarvalho; Edward M. Vega (2008). Strategies for Managing Stress After War: Veteran's Workbook and Guide to Wellness. Wiley. ISBN 978-0-470-25776-0.
- Huseman, Susan (Jan 3, 2008). "'Battlemind' Prepares Soldiers for Combat, Returning Home". defenselink.mil. Archived from the original on 20 May 2008. Retrieved May 22, 2008.
- Scott, Larry. "A LOOK AT DoD's "BATTLEMIND" PROGRAM". VA Watchdog. Archived from the original on March 27, 2008. Retrieved May 22, 2008.